Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The New Musical | Official Site

After premiering in Sydney, Roald Dahl’s delicious tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will open its doors in Melbourne from August and is on sale in Brisbane. It’s a delectable treat featuring songs from the original film, including Pure Imagination, The Candy Man and I’ve Got a Golden Ticket, alongside a brand new, toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The New Musical | Official Site
Capitol Theatre

Theatre Address

13 Campbell Street Haymarket NSW 2000
Paul Slade Smith OLIVER ALKHAIR Phineaus Knickerbocker Cooper Matthews Flynn Nowlan John O’May Lucy Maunder

Creative Team

Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl was a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor. Roald Dahl (1916–1990) is one of the world’s favourite storytellers with more than 250 million books sold. He is loved for such classics as James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. When he died in 1990 The Times hailed him as ‘without question the most successful children’s writer in the world’. For more information on the life and legacy of Roald Dahl visit

David Greig

Book Writer

David is a playwright, and his plays include The Events, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Monster in the Hall, Midsummer, Dunsinane, Yellow Moon, Damascus, Outlying Islands, The American Pilot, San Diego, Pyrenees, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message, Dr. Korczcak’s Example, The Architect and Europe. David’s adaptations include The Suppliant Women, The Father, The Lorax, Lanark, Creditors and Caligula. In 1990 he co-founded Suspect Culture Theatre Co., for whom he wrote Timeless, Mainstream & 8000M. Since 2016, David has been the Artistic Director of The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

Marc Shaiman

Music & Lyrics

In 100 words or less, Marc has been awarded a Tony, Grammy and an Emmy, but despite five nominations, no Oscar. Career highlights include Hairspray, Mary Poppins Returns (currently in production), Sleepless in Seattle, The First Wives Club, Patch Adams, The American President, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, When Harry Met Sally, Beaches, Misery, City Slickers, The Addams Family, A Few Good Men, Sister Act, The Bucket List, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Catch Me If You Can, SNL, Smash, Billy’s Oscar medleys, Bette, Barbra, Patti, Christine, Harry Jnr, Mariah, Prop 8: The Musical. For further credits, call him.

Scott Wittman


Scott Wittman co-wrote (with Marc Shaiman) the lyrics for Hairspray, for which they received Tony and Grammy awards. Scott and Marc teamed up again on Broadway for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, which he also directed, and Catch Me If You Can. For their original songs for the NBC’s series Smash, they were nominated for two Emmy Awards, a Grammy and a Golden Globe. Scott has created, written and/or directed shows for Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, Justin Vivian Bond, Bette Midler and Bridget Everett. He co-wrote the lyrics for Disney’s upcoming film musical Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda.

Jack O’Brien


Jack O'Brien has won three Tony Awards, for his direction of Hairspray, Henry IV and The Coast of Utopia. His other Broadway credits include The Front Page, It’s Only a Play, Macbeth, The Nance, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), Imaginary Friends, The Invention of Love (Tony nomination and Drama Desk winner), The Full Monty (Tony nomination), More to Love, Getting Away With Murder, The Little Foxes, Damn Yankees, Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony nomination) and Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway credits include Pride’s Crossing and Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award). Other productions include Il Trittico at the Metropolitan Opera, Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall, Much Ado About Nothing for The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park, and Love Never Dies and Hairspray (Olivier nomination) in London. Mr O’Brien was the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre from 1981 until 2007. He has directed six movies for PBS’ American Playhouse. Mr O’Brien co-executive produced and was nominated for a 2016 Emmy for his work on the HBO special Becoming Mike Nichols. His book Jack Be Nimble is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Joshua Bergasse


Broadway credits include On the Town (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC noms, Astaire Award) and Gigi. Off-Broadway credits are Sweet Charity (The New Group), Cagney (Drama Desk, OCC, Astaire noms, Callaway finalist), Bomb-itty of Errors and Captain Louie. For Encores! Little Me and It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman! Carnegie Hall: Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music. As director/choreographer: Hazel (Drury Lane), West Side Story (NCT); as co-director/choreographer: Bombshell on Broadway (Minskoff Theatre). Television credits are Smash (NBC, Emmy Award), So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) and Sinatra; A Voice for a Century (PBS).

Mark Thompson

Scenic and Costume Design

Mark’s work in the theatre has been recognized with two Critics’ Circle, five Olivier Awards, five Tony Award nominations and most recently the Olivier for best costume design for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (West End production). His recent international theatre includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (London), The Taming of the Shrew (The Public), Mamma Mia! (worldwide), A Raisin in the Sun (NY), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (worldwide), God of Carnage (London/NY), Bombay Dreams (London/NY), Art (worldwide), La Bête (London/NY), One Man, Two Guvnors (London/NY), The Blue Room (London/NY), Arcadia (NT/Lincoln Center). Opera includes The Queen of Spades (The Met), The Mikado (Lyric, Chicago), Montag aus Licht (La Scala, Milan), Hansel and Gretel (Sydney Opera House), Carmen (Opéra Comique Paris) and Macbeth (The Met).

Japhy Weideman

Lighting Design

Broadway credits include Dear Evan Hansen, Bright Star, The Visit (Tony nom), The Nance (Tony nom), Of Mice and Men (Tony nom), Airline Highway (Tony nom), Sylvia, Old Times, The Heidi Chronicles, Macbeth (Drama Desk nom), Cyrano de Bergerac and The Snow Geese. Off-Broadway credits at Lincoln Center Theater, Roundabout, The Public Theater, NYTW, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, MTC, MCC, LAByrinth and Vineyard. International credits at West End, RSC, La Scala, Nederlands Opera, Edinburgh International Festival.

Andrew Keister

Sound Design

Broadway credits include Godspell, Company, Taller Than a Dwarf. Other notable designs at The Public Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse and Trinity Rep. As a partner in SCK Sound Design, his Broadway credits include On Your Feet! and Dr. Zhivago as well as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and The Rockettes New York Spectacular. Associate Sound Design credits include Catch Me If You Can, Jersey Boys, Hairspray and Mary Poppins.

Jeff Sugg

Video and Projection Design

Select theatre credits include Broadway: Sweat, Macbeth (Lincoln Center Theater), Bring It On, 33 Variations. Off-Broadway: The Layover, The Fortress of Solitude, An Octoroon, Tribes, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island. Regional credits include work at Steppenwolf, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare and Arena Stage. Music: Anthracite Fields (Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition), Prince’s final appearance on Saturday Night Live. Awards include Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award, Bessie Award and two Henry Hewes Design Awards.

Basil Twist

Puppetry Design

Broadway credits include The Addams Family (Drama Desk), The Pee-wee Herman Show, Oh, Hello! on Broadway. Original creations include Symphonie Fantastique, La bella dormentenel bosco, Dogugaeshi, Hansel and Gretel, Behind the Lid, Arias With a Twist, Seafoam Sleepwalk, The Rite of Spring and Sisters Follies. Awards include Obie, US Artists, Doris Duke Artists Award, New York Innovative Theatre, Henry Hewes, UNIMA, Bessies, Guggenheim, MacArthur Fellow. He is the director of the Dream Music Puppetry Program at HERE Arts Center.

Nicholas Skilbeck

Music Supervision

As Music Supervisor/Director, West End credits include Gypsy, Kate Bush: Before the Dawn, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, Sister Act, Hairspray, Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Cats (New London). As composer, credits include Quand La Guerre Sera Finie, Asylum, Affairs of the Heart, Hell Bent, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night. Producer of the Gypsy London cast recording (2015), Associate Producer on the Sweeney Todd London cast recording (2012). Co-Author of the book The Singing And Acting Handbook— Games and Exercises for the Performer (published by Taylor and Francis).

Campbell Young Associates

Hair & Makeup Design

Broadway credits are Hello, Dolly!, Groundhog Day, The Front Page, The Crucible, Misery, Sylvia, A Delicate Balance, The Last Ship, It’s Only a Play, Betrayal, Les Misérables, One Man, Two Guvnors, Spider-Man. West End/Broadway credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, American Psycho, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Matilda, Ghost, Mary Stuart, Billy Elliot, Private Lives. On the West End, Funny Girl, The Master Builder, The Lorax, Gypsy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Bodyguard. Film/TV credits are The Americans, House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black.

Telsey + Company


Broadway/tour credits: SpongeBob SquarePants, Once on This Island, The Parisian Woman, M. Butterfly, Anastasia, Hello, Dolly!, War Paint, Come From Away, Waitress, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Wicked, On Your Feet!, Something Rotten!, The King and I, An American in Paris. Off-Broadway credits: Sweeney Todd (Atlantic, Classic Stage, MCC, Second Stage). Film credits include Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married. TV: This Is Us, House of Cards, One Day at a Time, Graves, Atypical, commercials.