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The 'Charlie And the Chocolate Factory' Musical Is Coming to Brisbane

The hit Broadway show made its Australian premiere in Sydney earlier in the year, and will now make its way to Brisbane in March 2020.
By Libby Curran and Marissa Ciampi
June 06, 2019
By Libby Curran and Marissa Ciampi
June 06, 2019

UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2020 — The Queensland Performing Arts Centre has announced that it will close down all theatres from Tuesday, March 17 until at least Thursday, April 30 "following the meeting of the National Cabinet and the Australian Prime Minister's direction". That affects all shows due to be held during that period, including the entire Brisbane season of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Ticket holders will receive a full refund.

To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself, head to the Australian Government Department of Health's website.


Everyone's favourite 'candy man' hit Aussie shores in January, with the smash-hit musical production of Charlie And the Chocolate Factory premiering in Sydney. Soon after, it was revealed that the show would also travel to Melbourne this August. And now, it's Brisbane's turn, with the announcement that the musical will also do a season at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre Lyric Theatre — starting on March 20, 2020.

Roald Dahl's classic sugar-dusted tale is being brought to life in its Australian debut by a collaboration between theatre producers John Frost, Craig Donnell, Langley Park Productions, Neal Street Productions and Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

Following the worldwide popularity of both the original book and the 1971 Gene Wilder film, the musical has been confirmed a sweet success internationally, scoring rave reviews during its stint on Broadway last year and selling out a heap of shows in Sydney.

With original songs like The Candy Man and I've Got a Golden Ticket featured alongside new tunes from the songwriters of Hairspray, this confection of a show promises to lure audiences of all ages into, shall we say, a land of pure imagination.

It's directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, with music by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Marc Shaiman, lyrics courtesy of Grammy and Tony Award winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, and choreography by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Brisbane season will kick off on March 20, 2020, with tickets on sale now. Tickets are currently available for dates up to April 5, 2020.

Top image: Brian Geach.

Updated July 20.

Published on June 06, 2019 by Libby Curran
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