Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 50th Birthday

In 1964 one of the greatest children’s stories ever told was released in book form and it is still going strong to this very day, I am, of course, talking about Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate factory”

It’s a true classic that has been seen, heard and read by every generation since its debut. The first film adaptation came out in 1971 and starred Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, spurring Roald Dahl to write a sequel, “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator” in 1972. Later adaptations included Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in 2005, starring Johnny Depp which also had a game released with it in the same year. More recently it has hit the West End with Sam Mendes’ “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical” in 2013.

With so many versions of the story and characters produced over the years it’s hard to hide from just how big an impact Charlie had on the creative industries, even though the original movie of 1971 was considered a flop!

In its 50 years of existence it has definitely given us plenty to celebrate from the delicious chocolate they created to what is arguably the best fancy dress theme ever! It is definitely a favourite here at Hollywood so we always like to be topped up on the crazy costumes, wigs and the unforgettably orange face paint of the Oompa Loompas!

If you want to celebrate in style or you simply love Roald Dahl then Camp Bestival 2014 is the place to be! Saturday 2nd August of this year’s festival will include a pop up Roald Dahl museum, Charlie’s bed time stories and of course, plenty of scrumptious treats to be had! It will be the only festival this year to get your chocolate factory fix so be sure not to miss it. For more information and how to book tickets visit:

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