Drawing: Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka001 The spectacular musical version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had its World Premiere at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in June 2013. Directed by Academy Award Winner and Bond director Sam Mendes, this deliciously dark tale stars Douglas Hodge as the eccentric factory owner. Just returned from playing Cyrano de Bergerac at the Roundabout Theater on Broadway, Douglas won the Tony Award in 2010 for La Cage aux Folles at the Longacre Theatre.

The previous year he collected the Olivier Award for the same role which played on the West End at the Playhouse Theatre before transferring to New York.

He has also released two albums of his own compositions and has written a musical Aschlin Ditta. Douglas gladly signed my sketch at the stage door prior to yesterday’s matinée.

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