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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory uses golden tickets to award work placements

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It’s the second time that the London show has used the “Golden Ticket” recruitment method, which will take place annually, to provide week-long work placements on the set of the Olivier Award-winning musical directed by Skyfall’s Sam Mendes.

The scheme is part of Warner Bros Creative Talent, which is a programme investing in skills and training for the UK creative industry. In February, Real Business interviewed the founder of Academy Award-winning UK creative studio Framestore, whose founder Mike McGee revealed the skills required to make it with the business and how it grew from a four-man startup to a world-famous company flying the flag for British innovation.

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The five aspiring theatre technicians who secured the positions were chosen from hundreds of applicants after an assessment day at the musical’s home at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane and secured golden tickets to reflect their progress – just like those that secure access to the factory in the play.

They are: Amelia Butcher from South Ealing, London; Emily Bagshaw from Chester; Nicola Tapsell and Rachel Hopper from Herne and Cranbrook in Kent; and Rebecca Lewis from Monmouth, Monmouthshire.

They will each work with the production team to develop their skills on lighting, sound, automation, wardrobe, wigs, make-up and stage management departments. After the seven days are up, the candidate with the most promise – the Charlie of the group – will go on to receive an eight-week paid placement as a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory production intern.

Josh Berger, president & managing director, Warner Bros UK and Ireland, said: “This is an incredible opportunity to work backstage on one of the largest productions in the West End. Last year’s lucky recipients are already taking their first steps into the industry and we are confident that these five talented people will be just as successful.”

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More than 1.25m people have seen the show since it opened in June 2013 and it’s taking bookings until 4 June 2016.

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