Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: A Q&A with Jonathan Slinger (Willy Wonka)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane celebrates its 1000th performance and since they were feeling so merry, they granted us a golden ticket to chat with their very own Willy Wonka, Mr Jonathan Slinger...

Describe Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in three words

Mind-boggling snozztastic fun!

How does it feel to bring such a classic Roald Dahl story to life each night?

Takes me back to reading the book as a child…

What helps you get into character?

Getting into costume and make-up and starting to move like Willy Wonka.

What is your next dream role?

Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello.

Willy Wonka

What’s your favourite play/musical of all time and why?

Hamlet, because it is the greatest part ever written.

Why did you want to play Willy Wonka?

Because he is the Hamlet of musical theatre…

If one of Wonka’s sweets were real, which one do you wish it was?

The 3 course Sunday dinner chewing gum.

What goes on behind the scenes during a performance?

Everyone is running around to their next entrance!

Who’s your backstage buddy?

I have two! Natalie, who does my make-up and Gavin, my dresser.

Tell us something people don’t know about you

I’m good at dancing to Jazz...

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