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charlie & the chocolate factory: the musical

When the idea came up to go and see the musical of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory as part of a hen party recently, I was up for giving it a go but didn’t really know what to expect. I’m not sure why I was so sceptical of it, since I love both movies based on this favourite classic, but I suppose it’s the typical protective feeling you have of a childhood story you grew up with. I actually learnt to read and understand English reading Roald Dahl books, so they definitely hold a very special place in my bookworm-y heart.

Anyway, I wasn’t even planning to talk about it on the blog, but it would be a crime not to since a) this blog is supposed to talk about interesting places to go and see in London, which is something this surely is, and b) because it was SO GOOD! That’s right, the caps are coming out.

The set was creative but not too overwhelming, the kids were fantastic, the songs were funny and the whole story just flowed beautifully. After all these years, it reminded me of the simple sweetness that lies within so many of RD’s books, and it really is a show for all ages.

We were sat very high up on the balcony, and although we were definitely far from the stage and occasionally had trouble seeing an actor or two at the front of the stage, it was good for the price bracket and I didn’t feel I missed too much at all.

I’m a huge fan of musicals anyway, but usually favour the all-American typical broadway stuff (The Producers, Showboat, Anything Goes, etc.). This was something different and well worth seeing – if you have family or friends visiting London this summer, this could be a good activity as it would accommodate the young ones too.

The theatre scene in London is really something special, and I’m so glad I discovered another gem!

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  • Reply To The River

    I m not going, but my friend would be in London in september for a ophthalmology congress and I would send this to her since I m sure she would like to experience something like this. But keep going on with the recommandations like this in the next year as well since I have a big plan related to England in the following year (-: Big hug xx

    July 4, 2014 at 9:45 am
  • Reply Ice Pandora

    Glad the musical did you well ^__^ the last picture is so grand!And Ronald Dahl books were my favorite childhood books c;Xx

    July 4, 2014 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Tamsin Lim

    I went with Alex last June and I loved it! A was more cynical because he works in musical theatre and wasn't sure about the score etc., but I thought Mendes' sets were incredible – definitely the vision of a man who works in film! Really glad you enjoyed it too. (Plus I love the Producers!) Have you seen Matilda? xx

    July 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Emma

    Thos caps definitely came out!I'm not a big musical fan, however saw Wicked last year which I was pleasantly surprised at, so would definitely give this a go I think!

    July 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply Jane

    sounds fun! i love musicals as well – low key and the big shabang! 🙂

    July 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm
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