Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear Director: Mel Stuart Parents exasperated by their offspring's dreadful behaviour might wish to stick them in front of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, a cautionary tale for those prone to gluttony, greed, stubbornness and rudeness. Based on the 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the musical follows the fortunes of the impoverished Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum). Charlie and four other children win golden tickets to tour the chocolate factory owned by the reclusive Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) and win a lifetime supply of chocolate. Joining Charlie and his Grandpa Joe (Jack Albertson) on the tour is the overweight Augustus Gloop, spoiled Veruca Salt, gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde and TV-obsessed Mike Teevee. Roald Dahl, one of Britain?s greatest storytellers, wrote both the book and the screenplay. Sadly Dahl didn't get his first choice to play Willy Wonka, Anglo/Irish comedian Spike Milligan, but Gene Wilder does convey the uneasy eccentricity that makes Wonka an enticing yet sinister character. As the children set off around the factory the sets groan with every imaginable sweetie including giant candy canes and vast chocolate lakes. Wonka is a man who can make the best sweets fantasies come true - everlasting gob stoppers (the ideal sweet for poor kids) that never dissolve, lickable wallpaper for children's nurseries and exploding candy for your enemies. Yet the more delights the children are shown, the greedier they become and none of them listen to Wonka's warnings to behave. As a result Augustus falls into the chocolate river and is sucked up a tube to the fudge room and Violet turns into a giant blueberry after taking some three-course dinner gum that was still in development Veruca falls down the bad-egg chute while trying to grab one of the geese laying golden eggs and the hapless Mike shrinks to a tiny size after being transported through 'Wonkavision'. At the end of each mishap the best moments come with the arrival of the Oompa-Loompas. Wonka's workers are diminutive men with orange faces and green hair who sing cautionary songs describing each child's bad behaviour. The musical isn't as psychedelic as others of the era, such as the Beatles' Yellow Submarine - in fact it's an old-fashioned morality tale for over-indulgent parents who give into their children's every whim and a celebration (through Charlie) of how the imagination, enthusiasm and honesty of children can outstrip that of their seniors. When Charlie passes a series of tests it is to him that Wonka entrusts the future of the factory and the care of the Oompa-Loompas. As he says to Charlie: 'Don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted - he lived happily ever after.'