The narrator sets the scene by telling us about Willy Wonka and his plan to let 5 lucky golden ticket winners into his factory. We are introduced to the lucky golden ticket winners and we meet Charlie the hero of the story.

Inside the factory there are various rooms for the characters to be led around including the chocolate room, the invention room and the nut room. They discover the strange little workers (the Oompa Loompas) who help Mr Willy Wonka.

One by one we see the spoilt children disappear after not listening to rules set by Willy Wonka until there is only Charlie and his grandpa left.

The play ends when Willy Wonka asks Charlie to take over his factory and invites his whole family to live there.