Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Meet the young cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Open casting calls were held at the end of last year to find the children to star in Sam Mendes' musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The show opens for previews tonight and here's the first look at the talented youngsters who landed the parts.

The role of Charlie Bucket is shared between:

12 year old Jack Costello from Tunbridge Wells. He attends Recall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells and was a choral scholar at Hilden Preparatory School, now attending Judd School, Tonbridge. Jack made his professional debut as Nipper in Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 2009), and has also appeared as Gustave in Love Never Dies (Adelphi) and Gavroche in Les Misérables (Queen's).

11 year old Tom Klenerman from a small village called Noke, near Oxford, making his professional debut.

11 year old Isaac Rouse from Surrey. He attends Horsell Church of England Junior School, Surrey and his previous theatre includes The Boy in The Snowman  for both Birmingham Rep, UK and international tour. but this is his West End debut.

11 year old Louis Suc (represented by DAA Management). Louis is from East London and trains in performing arts at LIPA 4:19. He is back in the West End following his appearance as Eric in the original West End cast of the Olivier Award-winning RSC production of Matilda (Cambridge).

The role of Augustus Gloop is shared between:

11 year old Harrison Slater whose theatre roles include playing Jack in Finding Neverland the Musical at Leicester Curve.

10 year old Jenson Steele from Epsom, Surrey who has been training with Stagecoach Epsom for four years, making his professional debut.

11 year old Regan Stokes from Hemel Hempstead who attends Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, also making his professional stage debut.

The role of Veruca Salt is shared between:

12 year old Polly Allen from Sussex. Polly trains with Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts and has played Keeley Gibson and Angela Robson in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace.

13 year old Tia Noakes (represented by Mark Jermin Management) from Birmingham. Tia trains at the Jordan School of Dance where she studies ballet, tap, acrobatics, lyrical, street, singing and drama. She was a pre-vocational student at Elmhurst School for Ballet. She won an English Youth Ballet scholarship in 2012, and appeared in the ensemble in Oliver!  in the UK tour at the Birmingham Hippodrome..

13 year Ellie Simons, a student at Sylvia Young Theatre School. Her previous theatre work includes Lavender in Matilda (RSC, Cambridge), Alice in Matilda (original cast, RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon), Martha in The Sound of Music (UK tour) and Cosette in Les Misérables (25th anniversary, UK tour). She will also appear in feature film Molly Moon.

The role of  Violet Beauregarde will be shared by:

11 year old India Ria Amarteifio from Twickenham who attends the Richmond Academy of Dance. India's previous theatre includes Hortensia in Matilda (RSC, Cambridge), and Young Nala in The Lion King at The Lyceum.

14 year old Sylvia Young student Adrianna Bertola. Adrianna was one of the original Matilda's at the RSC, Gretl in the original cast of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium and also played Cosette in Les Misérables (Queen's), as well as many TV roles.

11 year old Jade Johnson in her professional debut. She has performed with the 2020 children's gospel choir, formerly known as Sing Thing, for the past two years.

10 year old Mya Olaye from Epsom, Surrey. She enjoys singing, art and football and trains at Stagecoach, and is also making her professional West End debut.

The role of Mike Teavee is shared between:

10 year old Jay Heyman from North London who is a part-time student at Sylvia Young Theatre School. As well as acting and singing, he is also a rapper and street dancer. He began his career rapping to Ice T on the television show All Star Mr and Mrs. Other television includes The Olivia Lee Show, and he has recently appeared as Niu in Wild Swans at the Young Vic.

9 year old Adam Mitchell who trains with Scream Theatre School in Blackpool. Adam appeared in TV drama The Secret of Crickley Hall but this is his professional theatre debut.

11 year old Luca Toomey from Hackney. Luca was spotted dancing at a Bboy convention and invited to audition. This is his West End debut.

Fancy auditioning yourself? It's not too late to apply for future casts, visit the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory website for details on how to apply.


  1. I feel proud to say that I met two of them :D

  2. I went to the same primary school as Luca Toomey :)