Getting to write Charlie musical was like ‘getting that golden ticket’, says Scottish playwright

For David Greig, already an accomplished writer for children, working on the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie was still a steep learning curve

A scene from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

“Everyone has to have a midlife crisis!” David Greig laughs down the phone from the backstage area at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, which the Scottish playwright has been running since 2016. “Some I know took up running. I took up running a theatre.”

It is a difficult time to be involved in the arts in Britain, with budget cuts since Brexit making life as a full-time artist of any description increasingly unviable on ...