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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory rewrites script following audience complaint

A scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has rewritten a line following an audience complaint. Photo: Helen Maybanks

West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has rewritten part of its script after a challenge from an audience member.

London resident Nathalie Bristow complained about a line in the production that stated: “Eating chocolate causes diabetes”.

Bristow’s eight-year-old daughter has type 1 diabetes, which is not linked to lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise.

She approached the show’s producer, Neal Street Productions, which agreed to have the line rewritten to “Chocolate chocolate, not one of your five a day”.

Bristow said: “My family love the theatre, so were deeply upset and offended when we heard the line about how children will get diabetes is they eat too much chocolate. We nearly left.”

She added that she would “hate for others to feel upset too, or for this to have a damaging effect on the perception of type 1 diabetes”.

“The producers could not have been more helpful though, a big theatre listened to us and we made a difference,” she said.

Producer Caro Newling said she was sorry the line had “such a negative effect”.

“That was never the intention and it was meant to be entirely humorous. But why upset anyone when you don’t have to? As a result, we have amended the script to drop the reference to diabetes and have it replaced with an alternative comment,” she said.


Were producers of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory right to amend its script following a complaint about a diabetes reference?

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