Willy Wonka is set to undergo another incarnation with the announcement that Jonathan Slinger is to take over the role in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.
Slinger takes over from Alex Jennings, in the West End success story, from May 4.
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has quickly become one of the West End’s most popular stage musicals.
It has broken multiple records at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where it has been seen by over 1.25 million people since it opened in June 2013. It is currently taking bookings until June 4, 2016.
In a stage career spanning two decades, Jonathan Slinger has cemented his position as one of the foremost Shakespearean actors of the age.
His extensive appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company include the title roles in recent productions of Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard II and Richard III; Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Prospero in The Tempest and Dromio and Puck in The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
He first appeared on the National Theatre stage in Richard II 20 years ago with subsequent credits there including Power, The Duchess of Malfi and The Coast of Utopia.
Last year the actor made his musical theatre debut playing the role of Officer Lockstock in Jamie Lloyd’s acclaimed production of Urinetown in London’s West End.