Charlie and the Chocolate Factory heads to Drury Lane Theatre

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A musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be coming to a top London theatre next year.

Directed by Sam Mendes, the much-anticipated production will open at the West End's Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2013. Previews for the musical will begin on May 18th and general public performances will start in early June.

Costing £10 million, the show will be written by Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the Tony Award-winning team behind musical Hairspray and the popular US television series Smash.

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane has been open to the public since 1663 and has more than 2,200 seats. It is a popular venue for those benefiting from London hotel deals. The nearest London Underground station to the theatre is Covent Garden on the Piccadilly line.

The Roald Dahl story will replace the current production at the theatre of Shrek the Musical. Since last year, the Dreamworks production has proved popular with people enjoying London hotel deals.

Bill Damaschke from Dreamworks Theatricals said: "When we moved in to Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in March 2011, we knew that it would be the perfect home for Shrek the Musical and so it has proved to be.

"Joining an illustrious list of new musicals that have played this venue is a source of pride for me personally, and for the whole transatlantic team that works on the show every day."

It is now expected that Shrek the Musical will now focus on a UK tour, which is planned for 2014.

Meanwhile, Dahl fans can see another of the author's famous books translated into a West End show as Matilda is currently showing at the Cambridge Theatre in a Royal Shakespeare Company production.