Winner of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2016 Golden Ticket scheme announced

Katie Williams. Photo: Helen Maybanks Katie Williams. Photo: Helen Maybanks
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Aspiring backstage worker Katie Williams has won a two-month internship with the production team of West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Williams was named overall winner of the West End musical’s Golden Ticket placement scheme, and will spend two months gaining experience with its backstage departments including lighting, sound, wardrobe and stage management.

She was chosen from a shortlist of five candidates, who each received a one-week placement with the show.

Williams said she discovered something new about the show every day during her week-long placement, and was “thrilled” to have been chosen to stay on.

“I’m very much looking forward to continuing to work with and learn from some of the best professionals in the theatre industry,” she added.

The other four shortlisted candidates were Lizzie Alderson, Jyothi Giles, Joeleen Green and Patrick Mullan.

The Golden Ticket scheme, now in its third year, is part of Warner Bros’ Creative Talent programme, which invests in skills and training for the creative industries in the UK.

In February it was announced that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would close in the West End next year, though a specific date has not been announced. It is currently booking until January 7.