It was a world of Pure Imagination as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory the musical opens in Dublin

by Alison O'Hanlon
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For those with the Golden Ticket, the purple carpet was rolled out at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for opening night of the  incredible West End and Broadway smash hit, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Picture: Johan Persson

Guests escaped into a scrumptious world of pure imagination at the glitzy bash. Spotted on the night were Jennifer Zamparelli and daughter Florence , Kathryn Thomas and her daughter Ellie , Marty Whelan and his son Thomas ,Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy and daughter Nicole , Ray Darcy and wife Jenny and their son Tom, Suzanne Kane , Erica Cody , Matilda Actress Alesia Weir, Sonya Lennon as well as  Marty Miller and Dee Woods. 

The Musical tells the devilishly delicious tale of young golden ticket winner Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectionary wizard Willy Wonka. When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s a chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets they’ve always dreamed of.

Beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible and edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. The musical features  memorable songs from the iconic 1970s film including ‘The Candy Man’ and ‘Pure Imagination’.  The sensational musical is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses taking you to a world of pure imagination.

Joining Gareth Snook who makes a brilliant ‘Willy Wonka’ is  Kazmin Borrer as ‘Veruca Salt’, Teddy Hinde as ‘Mike Teavee’, Marisha Morgan as ‘Violet Beauregarde’ and Robin Simoes da Silva as ‘Augustus Gloop’.

Isaac Sudden gave an outstanding performance as ‘Charlie Bucket’ and was joined by Michael D’Cruze as ‘Grandpa Joe’, Christopher Howell as ‘Grandpa George’, Kate Milner Evans as ‘Grandma Josephine’, Julie Mullins as ‘Grandma Georgina’ and Leonie Spilsbury as ‘Mrs Bucket’.

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl and the Warner Bros. film, Charlie and Chocolate Factory – The Musical has a book by David Greig, music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical will be running from December 5, 2023, until January 7, 2024

Social photos Brian McEvoy / Production Photos Johan Persson

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