Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [1] is a stage play, often with songs, for young audiences. It comes in a variety of forms adapted by various writers from the children's book by the same name.

The original text

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [2] is a 1964 children's fantasy novel by British author Roald Dahl [3].

Translations and adaptations

In addition to spawning several sequels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has frequently been adapted for other media, including games, radio, the screen, and stage, most often as plays or musicals for children - often titled Willy Wonka or Willy Wonka, Jr. (Wikipedia)

Performance history in South Africa

1977: Staged as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory... and beyond by PACT Playwork, adapted and directed by Nigel Vermaas, with a cast including Craig Stein, Robin Malan, Gerben Kamper, Alwyn Swart, Lochner de Kock, Allan Goldstein, Gillian Harris, Charles Whaley, Alan Swerdlow, Bo Petersen, Lisa Waldbaum, Peter Terry, Gregory Wallace, Reg Britz, John Rogers, Pierre van Pletzen and others. Assistant Director Peter Terry, Musical Director/Composer Laurika Rauch and choreographer Bo Petersen.

2000: Staged as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, presented by University of Stellenbosch Drama Department in April in the H.B. Thom Theatre, directed by Shirley Johnston.


PACT Playwork theatre programme, 1977.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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