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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory to open in West End

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes' new stage version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory will open in the West End tonight.

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Uma Thurman, Lily Allen, Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick are amongst those expected to attend the premiere of the new production at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The show features all new songs and music, recreating the world of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, based on the much loved children's book by Roald Dahl.

The cast includes Douglas Hodge as eccentric factory boss Willy Wonka and former Young Ones star Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe with young newcomer Jack Costello as Charlie Bucket.

Director Sam Mendes 'in discussions' over new 007 film

Filmmaker Sam Mendes is rumoured to be in discussions over directing another James Bond film despite saying he would not return to the franchise after his success with Skyfall.

Director Sam Mendes (R) with Daniel Craig at a photocall for Skyfall, in London Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The Oscar-winner originally turned down the chance to make the next instalment saying he wanted his "complete focus" to be on his theatre work, including productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear in London.

But a plan that would see work on the next Bond film delayed, to allow Mendes to see the theatre productions through, is now being discussed according to sources close to the star.

No more Bond for Mendes: Director says Skyfall to be only Bond film

James Bond will return but it will be without director Sam Mendes according to Empire magazine reports.

The American Beauty director had already said that he would only do a single Bond movie and despite Skyfall's massive success it seems he will not be returning to the franchise.

Sam Mendes at the Baftas earlier this year Credit: Hubert Boesl/DPA/Press Association Images

Empire quotes Mendes as saying; “It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie.

"Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."


Mendes promises an 'epic' return for Bond

Director Sam Mendes has promised James Bond fans will be treated to an "epic" movie when the long-awaited next instalment finally hits the cinemas later this month.

Mendes told Total Film that "Skyfall" would show 007 as a "three-dimensional" character and hinted it could be one of the longest films in the popular super-spy franchise.

Daniel Craig, the latest James Bond, with director Sam Mendes Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The Oscar-winning director told the magazine, "As the movie progresses, it gets more epic. I loved the scale of it. I think there is a possibility that I put everything I've ever wanted to put in a Bond movie into this movie".

Tomorrow marks "Global James Bond Day", which kicks off with the first ever full airplay of the "Skyfall" theme tune - performed by Adele - at 0:07am.

The "Skyfall" premiere takes place on 23 October at the Royal Albert Hall.