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Sam Mendes' long-awaited musical opens

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 01:35

Sam Mendes talks about his passion for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and his future plans at his musical's opening night. Rollo Ross reports.

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The opening night of new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory attracted some Hollywood glamour which is a rather unusual sight for a theatre production in London's West End. But this is directed by none other than "Skyfall"'s Sam Mendes, who has been a man on a mission. SOUNDBITE Director Sam Mendes (English) saying: "I spent 25 years trying to get the rights for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to do on stage. When I was a student they turned me down, when I was a young director at Minerva at Chichester they turned me down, and each time I went back, it got bigger and bigger and now here we are." SOUNDBITE Director Sam Mendes (English) saying: "I just think there are so many wonderful theatrical possibilities, the Umpa Lumpas, the kids, the characters are so vivid, the settings are so extraordinary and then you've got Willy Wonka in the middle of it." Mendes is reported to be returning to direct the next Bond movie as soon as he's finished up on this musical... but is he really? SOUNDBITE Director Sam Mendes (English) saying: "The weird thing is the two things I've done recently I've spent the last five years working on... Bond and Charlie have been in my life for the last five years and it's going to be really weird and interesting to be suddenly in the clear again for a bit." The cast and crew received a standing ovation after the performance, which was swiftly followed by a rather Willy Wonka themed after-party, where the guests got to tuck into chocolates and confectionary until the early hours of the morning.

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Sam Mendes' long-awaited musical opens

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 01:35