You can’t leave the house in 2013 without stumbling across some sort of massive new musical – ‘The Book of Mormon’, ‘Once’, ‘From Here to Eternity’, ‘The Light Princess’, ‘American Psycho’ and more are all conspiring to show up 2012 for the musical black hole (main contributions: ‘The Bodyguard’ and ‘Viva Forever!’) that it was.
The biggest of all the new batch, however, is Sam Mendes’s monster Roald Dahl adaptation ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, which has taken up residence in the vast of Theatre Royal Drury Lane. After over a month of previews, it finally had its official opening last night. But can it live up to the success of Mendes’s last venture, a little film by the name of ‘Skyfall’? Can the special effects live up to Dahl’s crazy visions? How is Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka? WHAT ARE THE OOMPA LOOMPAS LIKE?
Read the Time Out review – and check out a photo gallery – RIGHT HERE.