If you loved the book or either of the movies, London's Theater Royal has got a special treat in store for you – unless you're a boisterous boy or girl, in which case you may want to watch out. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is once more in theatres, this time in the form of a stage play that boasts an impressive collection of special effects and raw talent.
For a show that celebrates fantasy, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” doesn’t put much trust in its audience’s imagination. This blindingly flashy new musical, which opened on Tuesday night at the Theater Royal, Drury Lane, is as jammed with games and gadgets as a Toys “R” Us warehouse. Behemoth playthings are forced upon you in such relentless abundance that you wind up feeling like a spoiled, benumbed child on Christmas morning, drowning in a sea of presents and yearning to flee back to bed.