The spectacular new musical Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has arrived in Australia, and playing only in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre.
Four boys share the role of Charlie Bucket in this delicious tale, Oliver Alkhair (11 years of age, from Panania), Tommy Blair (11, Engadine), Xion Jarvis (9, Burwood Heights) and Ryan Yeates (13, Canada Bay). Charlie lives with his mother and his four grandparents in a little wooden house near a great town, and is the final child to find a Golden Ticket.
Willy Wonka, the most amazing, fantastic, extraordinary chocolate maker the world has ever seen, is played by Paul Slade Smith. Slade Smith was part of the original Broadway cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, appearing as Grandpa George, and most recently appeared in the Broadway revival of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center.
Ninety and a half year old Grandpa Joe, an enthusiastic storyteller and eternal optimist, is played by Australian show business royalty Tony Sheldon. Sheldon is best known for playing the role of Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert for over 1,900 performances in Australia, New Zealand, London, Toronto and on Broadway, winning the Theatre World Award and nominations for the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award, the Drama League Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award. In the role of Mrs Bucket, a kind, caring mother and a woman of few words, is Lucy Maunder. Most recently Lucy played songwriter Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and prior to that toured New Zealand, Adelaide and Perth in Matilda: The Musical, in which she played Miss Honey and was nominated for a Helpmann Award. For the Gordon Frost Organisation, Lucy played Lara in Dr Zhivago and Rizzo in Grease.
Australian Stage has TWO DOUBLE passes to giveaway – 7.30pm Wednesday February 27, 2019
The first two entries received* will win a double pass to the 7.30pm performance Wednesday February 27, 2019.
*PLEASE NOTE: Entries received BEFORE 9am February 7, 2019 will be disqualified. One entry per person. Tickets cannot be exchanged for cash or for any other performance. If you have won tickets from Australian Stage in the past 4 weeks you are ineligible for this promotion.
John Frost, Craig Donnell, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions presents
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
book by David Greig | score by Marc Shaiman | lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman | based on the book by Roald Dahl
Director Jack O’Brien
Top right: Paul Slade Smith (Willy Wonka), Xion Jarvis (Charlie), Tony Sheldon (Grandpa Joe) and cast. Photo – Jeff Busby