Wonka golden tickets for lucky five to learn theatre business

Five tickets to stagecraft career

Five aspiring theatre technicians have been named as this year’s recipients of a golden ticket to a week-long paid work placement on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London’s West End.

Amelia Butcher from London, Emily Bagshaw from Chester; Nicola Tapsell and Rachel Hopper from Herne and Cranbrook in Kent, and Rebecca Lewis from Monmouth, Monmouthshire were shortlisted from hundreds of applicants.

The girls, who underwent a demanding assessment day at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, will each spend time working alongside the production’s backstage team, in the lighting, sound, automation, wardrobe, wigs, make-up and stage management departments.

At the end of the week, the most promising candidate will be rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime eight-week paid placement, as a production intern on the show.

The placements are part of Warner Bros. Creative Talent, a programme of investment in skills and training for the UK creative industries.

Josh Berger, president and managing director, Warner Bros. UK and Ireland said: “This is an incredible opportunity to work backstage on one of the largest productions in the West End.

“Last year’s lucky recipients are already taking their first steps into the industry and we are confident that these five talented people will be just as successful.”

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 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.

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