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Jonathan Slinger is new Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The actor, known for his performances with the RSC, joins the show in May

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Jonathan Slinger in Urinetown
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Jonathan Slinger will take over from Alex Jennings as Willy Wonka in the West End production of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Slinger, who recently appeared in Urinetown, will join the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on 4 May 2015.

His extensive appearances with the RSC include the title roles in recent productions of Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard II and Richard III.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by Sam Mendes.

It features music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, a book by David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling.

It's produced at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Langley Park Productions.

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