LONDON: Skyfall director Sam Mendes has spent 25 years trying to make Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the theatre - and his golden moment has finally arrived.The Oscar-winner’s West End production of Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s classic has opened at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane with high expectations.He said: “Off and on I’ve been trying for 25 years to make it, and each time I got knocked back and they said the rights weren’t available and next time it came round it was bigger and bigger and bigger.“When I first wanted to do it, it was going to be on the Edinburgh Fringe, but now we’ve ended up on Drury Lane with almost the biggest possible production of it, which is exciting and terrifying simultaneously.”The entire show features new songs and music, along with spectacular set and costume designs recreating the world of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.Douglas Hodge stars as the eccentric factory boss, and the cast also includes former Young Ones star Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe and young newcomer Jack Costello as Charlie Bucket.The opening night saw a host of stars attend including Barbara Windsor, Uma Thurman and Sarah Jessica Parker.Windsor said: “The West End is such a wonderful place and it should have shows that families can enjoy together. It’s wonderful.” The story sees Charlie become one of the few lucky children to find a golden ticket and win a tour of the top secret sweet factory run by the Oompa-Loompas.–ON