Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tour cast to be led by Gareth Snook as Willy Wonka

Gareth Snook (Willy Wonka) standing in front of the Leeds Playhouse neon sign. Photography by Ant Robling (3)

The upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical tour has revealed its initial casting!

Based on the Roald Dahl book and film of the same name, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical tells the story of ‘golden ticket’ winner Charlie Bucket and mysterious confectionery maker Willy Wonka.


A new production from Leeds Playhouse will open at the venue this Christmas before touring the UK in 2023.

It’s been revealed today that Gareth Snook will play ‘Willy Wonka’ in the tour.

Gareth Snook’s many West End theatre credits include Monsieur André in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre and also the 25th Anniversary production at the Royal Albert Hall, Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre, Sunset Boulevard and Made in Dagenham, both at the Adelphi Theatre, Aspects of Love at the Prince of Wales Theatre, My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Assassins and Company at the Donmar Warehouse and Noel Coward theatre

Further casting is to be announced.

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The new production is directed by James Brining and designed by Simon Higlett.

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. But 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 adaptation has a book by David Greig, music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman, plus songs from the iconic 1970s film.

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