I have been following closely the development of the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical in London. So far the publicity has been very limited: a vague teaser trailer, others featuring the talk of creators, some of their prep, and preview audiences, some costume sketches, and interviews.
A few weeks ago there was some negative media attention to their casting call for a non-white actor which has now been removed, but they are clearly still looking for kids with particular characteristics. (Given the four American Matildas currently on Broadway doing British accents I have no problem with this).
CHARLIE BUCKET8 – 12 yr old boy, under 4ft 8inA talented actor with innocent appearance, lean frame and natural singing voiceVERUCA SALT9 – 12 yr old girl, under 4ft 8inA charismatic actress and excellent ballet dancer (grade 4 or above)VIOLET BEAUREGARDE9 – 12 yr old girl, under 4ft 8inA skilled rapper with good rhythm and a brash attitude. Able to do an American accentMIKE TEAVEE9 – 12 yr old boy, under 4ft 8inA highly physical street dancer with lots of energy. Able to do an American accentAUGUSTUS GLOOP9 – 12 yr old boy, under 5ftA corpulent boy and a good singer. Able to do a German accent
And now, hurray, they’ve released a few photos of the production itself!