Charlie Takes London

26 Jun 2013 - Photo Credit: David Jensen

(Pictured above: Director Sam Mendes; Douglas Hodge, who plays Willy Wonka; and Jack Costello, Tom Klenerman, Louis Suc and Isaac Rouse, who alternate in the role of Charlie, at the London premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.)

Last night, fans lined the street outside London's iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane for the world premiere of Warner Bros. Theater Ventures' new musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl.

Guests included Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Matthew Morrison, Jane Krakowski, Anna Friel, Bille Piper, Lily Allen, Luke Treadaway and Jessica Raine. Also in attendance were Dahl’s daughters Lucy and Ophelia, and his widow Felicity.

Producers also announced that Charlie, directed by Sam Mendes and featuring Broadway and London veteran Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, has extended its run through May 13, 2014, with an extra half-million tickets going on sale this morning.

See photos below from the red carpet and opening night party, and get yourself to London soon to see what The Guardian calls "a sumptuous visual feast."

Sarah Jessica Parker, Scott Wittman, Mark Shaiman, Uma Thurman, Matthew Broderick and Barbara Windsor

Jack Costello (Charlie) walks the red carpet

Colton Haynes, from the cast of WBTV’s Arrow, shows off his golden ticket

By TW Staff