Mendes and Hodge talk Charlie And The Chocolate Factory magic

Mendes and Hodge talk Charlie And The Chocolate Factory magic

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Director Sam Mendes and his Willy Wonka, Douglas Hodge, dished on their new musical CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, which is currently in previews at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

    In spearheading this stage adaptation, Mendes wanted to transmit the original charm of one of Roald Dahl's most beloved books. "For me the big job of the show is to render the familiar strange again, to make us forget that this little boy wins the golden ticket," he said. "To make us experience that pleasure and thrill when you open that page in the book and you got it."

    Much has been kept under wraps in the months leading to the preview period, including set designs, musical numbers and even costumes. With the public release of Hodge’s portrait in full costume as the mysterious chocolatier, excitement has been steadily growing in the West End ahead of its 11 June opening night.

    Speaking about his aspirations for the new production, Hodge added: "It has to move people. I don't care how big the set is, or how colourful it is or how florid the music is, if it doesn't touch people's hearts then I don't want to be in it."

    CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY marks Mendes' return to the world of theatre following his successful directorial turn at the helm of James Bond’s ‘Skyfall’ starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw and Javier Bardem. An Academy Award winning director, his previous films also include American Beauty and Road to Perdition. Well-known throughout the West End and Broadway for his theatrical adaptations, his credits include Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994) and Gypsy (2003).

    Olivier and Tony award-winning Hodge’s previous theatre credits include La Cage Aux Folles (Broadway and West End), Inadmissible Evidence (Donmar Warehouse), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly), Titus Andronicus (Globe), The Winter's Tale (RSC), The Caretaker and Moonlight (Harold Pinter) and A Matter of Life and Death, Pericles, Blinded by the Sun, Betrayal and King Lear (NT).

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