Saturday, December 4

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: a tasty show at the Gymnase theater

Adapted to the stage for the first time in France, the musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is making its impact at the Gymnase theater.

After London where it premiered in 2003, then Broadway in 2017, the musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, released for the first time in French, delves into the world of Roald Dahl’s famous novel with relish. On an inventive staging by Philippe Hersen mixing poetic video projections and very successful sets, the characters of Charlie, Willy Wonka, the Bucket family or even the Oompa Loompa come to life on stage with efficiency, appealing to young and old alike. .

Deliciously whimsical characters

Full of fantasies and colors, the show, inspired by the unforgettable film adaptation of Tim Burton, gives pride of place to a joyful eccentricity. Special mention to Arnaud Denissel, who in the skin of Willy Wonka makes you forget the excellent performance of Johnny Depp. And the mission was perilous. Mimicry, charisma, playfulness … it works wonders. He is the French-style Willy Wonka, without a shadow of a doubt.

While he opens the doors of his chocolate factory after a race for the famous golden ticket, the five lucky winners and their parents, like the funny duo of journalists following their adventures, do not deserve either. Here again, originality is essential. From Violette Beauregard, specialist in chewing gum, to Augustus Gloop, who gobbles up everything that moves, through the Oompa Loompa, the troupe perfectly plays these characters with tasty contours.

But where, the show strikes even harder is that it manages to transpose on stage the whole universe of the Wonka chocolate factory, even succeeding in the bet of making its astonishing director and Charlie fly above this mysterious factory. . All the magic of living art brought together in a high level family show mixing live music, songs and imagination.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, currently at Gymnasium Theater, Paris.

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