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:
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:
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..
The role of Violet Beauregarde will be shared by:
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:
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.