He is the beloved author of adult children’s fiction whose scary and strange tales have been adapted for the big and small screen many times.
And to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Welsh/Norwegian author Roald Dahl on Tuesday, Showcase Cinema have given film fans the chance to decide which of his magical tales they would love to relive in their cinemas on Saturday.
The public took to social media channels to vote for their favourite Dahl adaptations, with the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory from 1971 starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum and Roy Kinnear coming out on top.
It will be screened in a one-off showing at 2pm on Saturday at the Walsall and Dudley sites, and fans are being told to grab their golden tickets quickly so as not to be disappointed.
The public were given the choice of three classic Dahl adaptations to vote for via Showcase social media channels – the 1996 smash hit Matilda starring Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito and Pam Ferris; the equally popular and gruesomely scary The Witches with Anjelica Huston, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson and Jane Horrocks from 1990; and the overall winner.
More than 1,400 votes were cast and Willy Wonka’s wondrous factory-set film received 63 per cent of the vote, with Matilda receiving 24 per cent, and The Witches receiving 13 per cent.
James Dobbin, director of event cinema at Showcase, said: “There have been so many wonderful film adaptations of Dahl’s work and we always felt it was going to be close. However, with the sad news of Gene Wilder’s recent death, we’re not surprised that the public have chosen Wonka.
“We’re delighted to be able to show the film on our state-of-the-art screens to celebrate the 100th birthday of the world’s greatest storyteller but also in tribute to an actor that so brilliantly captured a world of pure imagination.”
For full listings and tickets visit www.showcasecinemas.co.uk