We were lucky enough have golden tickets for the opening night of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne! Isaac was thrilled when “Charlie” announced at the beginning of the performance that “here you can eat as much candy as you like!”
Following a hugely successful six month season at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, this spectacular musical is full of your favourite songs from the original 1971 film, including “Pure Imagination”, “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket”, coupled with a brand new toe-tapping musical score.
True to the original story, the show follows Charlie Bucket, played by Melbourne’s talented child actors Benjamin Belsey (10), Elijah Slavinskis (10), Edgar Stirling (10), Lenny Thomas (12) and Lachlan Young (13), who lives with his mother and four bed-ridden grandparents in a tiny ramshackle house. Grandpa Joe, played by the amazing Tony Sheldon, keeps the magic alive as Charlie dreams of his yearly birthday treat, a single bar of Wonka’s Whipple Scrumptious Marshmallow Delight, as Mr Willy Wonka played by the charismatic Paul Slade Smith conducts a worldwide search for five lucky children to win Golden tickets for a tour of his factory and a chance to win a lifetime supply of chocolate!
“Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination!”
Whilst the first half of the show sets up the visit to Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, the second half is where the magic happens! Get ready for the Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and special effects that will have young and old captivated!
The show goes for 2 hours and 30 minutes (with a 20 minute interval) so if you have little ones I’d suggest going to matinee performance. We were lucky that Isaac had a curriculum day the following day as we arrived home at midnight!
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is sure to be loved during it’s Melbourne season so you should get your tickets to this everlasting showstopper before they head to Brisbane in March 2020!
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