Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is partnering with Make A Wish Australia

By Krisinda Merhi December 11, 2018

Looks like Willy Wonka really can make dreams come true

If a great family night out wasn’t already a good enough reason to book tickets for the Australian production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then we know what we will be. 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has announced they are partnering with Make-A-Wish Australia to bring hope, strength and joy to children facing life-threatening illnesses. 

The production is hosting an official gala performance on 21 February 2019 and donating all proceeds directly to Make-A-Wish. 

The funds raised from the 500 Gala performance ticket sales, plus the funds collected from other initiatives exclusive to the night, will all be donated. 

Producer Craig Donnell said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with Make-A-Wish as our chosen official charity partner on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

“One of the major themes in this production is the power of ‘pure imagination’ allowing your wildest dreams to come true.  We hope to help many deserving children get that opportunity.  Just as Charlie Bucket finds his golden ticket and changes family’s life, it’s our hope that this partnership will raise vital funds to give as many children as possible a chance for their wishes to come true.”

Make-A-Wish Australia CEO Sally Bateman said, “We are delighted to partner with the Gordon Frost Organisation on this fabulous production."

"Each year, thousands of Australian children are diagnosed with critical illnesses, and like Charlie Bucket, wish to escape their current reality.” 

For audience members, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory promises a magical time. 

But for the children of Make-A-Wish Australia the show brings literal magic, making their dreams come true.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens January 2019 at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.  The gala performance is on Thursday 21 February 2019 at 7:30pm. Buy tickets at

Images: Supplied / Joan Marcus