Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane)
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Catherine St, London
  • To begin with, entering the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as a member of the audience is a whole experience on its own
  • Having been in London for about a week, and having already watched a number of West End musicals, I wanted my last show to not cost me a lot
  • When I bought the tickets, a couple of hours before the beginning of the show I was surprised to see that some cheap tickets (40 pounds if I remember well) were availaable for the very first row of the theatre
  • Therefore, I would recommend this show if you want to have fun without spending a lot of money, while having some time in one of the most celebrated theatres of the UK
  • It cannot be described as a hit show, especially if we compare it to the appeal enjoyed by shows like Wicked, but I did not regret the fact that I watched it

    • by EKTORAS GEORGIOU
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      To begin with, entering the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as a member of the audience is a whole experience on its own! However this was not a reason for me booking tickets to go and watch the musical ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ as I became fascinated and aware of the theatre’s history after I had gotten in. Having been in London for about a week, and having already watched a number of West End musicals, I wanted my last show to not cost me a lot. And this was the main reason behind me going to watch Charlie. When I bought the tickets, a couple of hours before the beginning of the show I was surprised to see that some cheap tickets (40 pounds if I remember well) were availaable for the very first row of the theatre! Therefore, I would recommend this show if you want to have fun without spending a lot of money, while having some time

      in one of the most celebrated theatres of the UK.

      As far as the show itself is concerned, I have to report that I expected more. Although there were some good musical pieces, good voices and valuable acting, she show lacked something. However, after having watched it, a very sweet (afterall it’s a show about a chocolate factory!) memory stayed in my mind. I would say that the strong point of the show is not its lavish and impressive sets, but some small moments that would make you smile and take you back for a moment to your childhood. Examples of such moments are the tiny ‘tv moments’ in the first part, where a tv reporter is sent to interview the golden ticket winners. Having talked about these clever t.v. moments, I have to make a reference to the tremendous talent of Jasna Ivir who was playing Mrs. Gloop! It was not only her voice, but her face expressions made her

      the protagonist. You were watching her when she was on stage, even when she was not the one speaking because of her acting.

      The first act ends with the impressive song ‘’It must be believed to be seen'’. I would say that musically the first part of the show is far more rich than the second. Being a musician, I appreciated it more, since the small ‘’t.v. moments'’ I mentioned earlier were very cleverly enriched with a piece of music characteristic of each golden ticket winner, and there also were some nice and touching songs of Charlie and his family. The second part of the musical, on the other hand, depended on the lavish sets, and the illusions of the oompa-loompas… the music became ‘’too pop'’ if I may put it this way, with no characteristic melody to stay in the mind of an audience member after he exits the auditorium (of course the final song Pure Imagination is stunning! this ...


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      was an exception!). Again in the second act, the amazing acting of Jasna Ivir was making her the center of attention!

      However, something I would like to point out, because I found it disrespectful towards the actors is the fact that the protagonist role of Willy Wonka was played by an understudy, and no one informed us about that. I don’t really mind this, from the point of view of an audience member, because I am not the kind of person who will ask for a refund because he did not see the ‘’star'’ performing. Afterall, theatre is all about magic, and we must give a chance to the understudy to show us his own magic! What I did not like, is the fact that we were not informed, since I considered this as an exploitation of the actor, who was actually very good. What I want to say, it that he was acting for 3 hours, offering the best he

      could give, so the least they could do for him, is let people know his name! I found out that it was an understudy after I had noticed that the picture of the actor who was supposed to be playing Willy Wonka did not match with the protagonist’s face, and so I asked a theatre employee whether a substitution had taken place. I went to the stage door after the show, because I wanted to let the actor know that I knew it was him playing, and that I liked him, but he did not come out (at least for the time I was waiting).

      On the whole it was a pleasant experience. It cannot be described as a hit show, especially if we compare it to the appeal enjoyed by shows like Wicked, but I did not regret the fact that I watched it. I would recommend it to people who have a more limited budget, or time that they wanna have fun.




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