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'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' musical sets London premiere

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Nearly four years after it was first announced, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical helmed by Sam Mendes (pictured) has set a date for its London debut. EW has confirmed that the show will premiere at the London Palladium in June 2013. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the Tony-winning partners who wrote the music and lyrics for Hairspray and Smash, will create new songs for the stage production.

Scottish playwright David Greig will take inspiration from Roald Dahl’s 1964 novella to write the book. One Man, Two Guvnors‘ Tony-nominated designer Mark Thompson will create costumes and sets, and Peter Darling (Billy Elliott, Matilda) will choreograph.

Tickets go on sale in October.

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