As a regular theatregoer, it’s always important that theatre is totally accessible to all and to see the inclusion of sign language being used by Mrs Bucket and Charlie was refreshing, however this only really happened during parts of the first half, and a small section right at the end, so I was unsure of its purpose if it was not going to be used all the way through.
With familiar songs from the film, including ‘Pure Imagination’ and ‘The Candy Man’, we were also treated to new music composed by Marc Shaiman and written by Scott Wittman. Each song fits well into the narrative, with ‘Strike That, Reverse It’ being a particular highlight.
Prepare to be swept away in a sweet symphony of candy, creativity, and charm, as this delightful musical promises an unforgettable experience for all ages. The bonkers nature of Wonka’s world is clear to see and for an easy watch this show will be right street your up…….wait a minute….’strike that, reverse it’……sorry couldn’t resist!
This show was reviewed on the 18th October 2023. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory runs at the Birmingham Hippodrome until the 5th November 2023. Tickets available here: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical – Birmingham Hippodrome
Full tour details can be found here: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - The Musical | UK Tour