The WOKE theater bosses have transformed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory into a female lead.
Producers have cast two young actresses as Charlie Bucket in a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story.
Jessie-Lou Harvie and Amelia Minto will alternate with boys Isaac Sugden and Noah Walton in the role of the boy who finds a golden ticket to a tour of Willy Wonka’s factory in a chocolate bar.
Playful Productions’ move has stunned some viewers of the show, which is touring the UK.
One at the Wales Millennium Center in Cardiff, where it is now set, said: “I was stunned to see Charlie is now a girl?”
“Why change something that wasn’t broken?”
It follows publisher Puffin’s decision to release rewritten versions of Dahl’s classics without “objectionable” content.
In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Augustus Gloop is now “huge” instead of “fat”.
In The Twits, Ms. Twit is “beastly,” not “ugly and beastly.” The original versions are still available.
A source said, “As if rewriting Dahl wasn’t bad enough, the theater producers are now looking to re-gender his characters as well.”
“It just confuses the audience. The story is a classic and has nothing to do with gender so it just seems like a change to be awake.
“Dahl’s stories and characters were brilliant. Viewers don’t want or need to be changed.”
The Wales Millennium Center refers to Charlie as ‘he’.
The show’s producers, whose website lists 15 of the 28-strong cast members as having a preferred pronoun next to their name, have been contacted for comment.