Mendes stages Chocolate Factory show in London

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Director Sam Mendes arrives for the opening night of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a new stage musical based on Roald Dahl's popular story about Willy Wonka and his amazing Chocolate Factory, at the Drury Lane Theatre in central London, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

LONDON (AP) — Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes' reinterpretation of "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory" has opened in London's West End.

Mendes' musical, based on the much-loved children's book by Roald Dahl, features new songs along with sets and costumes designed to recreate the world of the factory run by the flamboyant yet secretive Willy Wonka.

Appearing as the eccentric factory boss Willy Wonka is Douglas Hodge, while former "Young Ones" star Nigel Planer plays Grandpa Joe.

The story follows a young boy who finds a golden ticket that allows him a tour of a top-secret candy factory.

Tuesday's premiere at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane was attended by actresses Uma Thurman and Sarah Jessica Parker, who turned up with her husband Matthew Broderick and their son, James.