Audiences are escaping to a world of pure imagination after scrumdiddlyumptious musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory arrived in Southampton.

Willy Wonka star Gareth Snook is pictured alongside two of the children playing Charlie with a special edition copy of the Daily Echo produced ahead of the show's three week run at Mayflower Theatre. 

Based on the iconic story, this spectacular stage show follows the hit West End and Broadway productions to combine the memorable songs from the original 1970s motion picture like The Candy Man and Pure Imagination with all new numbers from the multi award-winning songwriters of Hairspray.

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Daily Echo: Harmony Raine-Riley, Gareth Snook and Jessie-Lou Harvie with the special edition of the Daily Echo

When Charlie Bucket finds one of the five golden tickets to the Wonka Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the other winners can’t wait to feast on the sweets of their dreams. But beyond the gates, they discover more than just remarkable delights. As they embark on an extraordinary journey through Willy Wonka’s marvellous mind, they soon learn that nobody leaves the same way that they arrived…

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory runs until Sunday September 3.

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