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Nigel Planer joins cast of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

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Further casting has been announced for the new musical adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opens on 25 June 2013 (previews from 18 May) at the West End's Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Helmed by Sam Mendes, who recently directed the acclaimed new Bond film Skyfall, the production will star Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka.

Hodge will be joined in the cast by Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe. Planer, who rose to fame playing hippy Neil in The Young Ones, has previously appeared on the West End stage in Hairspray, Wicked, We Will Rock You and Chicago, among others. 

Further casting announced today includes Clive Carter (Mr Salt), Jasna Ivir (Mrs Gloop), Paul J Medford (Mr Beauregarde), Iris Roberts (Mrs Teavee) and Myra Sands (Grandma Georgina), alongside Joe Allen, David Birch, Michelle Bishop, Mireia Mambo Bokele, Matthew Clark, Alex Clatworthy, Jennifer Davison, Luke Fetherston, Damien Poole and Jack Shalloo.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory centres on mysterious sweet-maker Wonka, who is opening his Chocolate Factory for just one day, and the humble boy Charlie Bucket for whom it promises to be a mouth-watering chance to feast his eyes on sweets beyond his wildest imagination.

The musical has a book by David Greig and new songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, whose credits include the Tony Award-winning Hairspray.

Set and costume design will be by Mark Thompson with choreography by Peter Darling (Matilda, Billy Elliot). Other members of the creative team include: Doug Besterman (orchestrations); Nicholas Skilbeck (music director); Paul Pyant (lighting designer); Paul Arditti (sound designer) and Jon Driscoll (video and projection designer).

Charlie will be the second Roald Dahl adaptation playing in London with the RSC's multi award-winning Matilda the Musical continuing at the Cambridge Theatre.

Dahl's book was first published in 1964 in the US and in the UK in 1967. It has been adapted into two Warner Bros. Pictures films: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in 1971 and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005.

The stage musical is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick.

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