A performance of Sam Mendes' new London musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was halted on Friday (28Jun13) when a prop elevator broke down in mid-air. Stars of the show were left dangling in a glass platform above the audience when the malfunction occurred at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, delaying the finale as crewmembers scrambled to fix the problem.
The stage manager came out to apologise before actor Douglas Hodge, who plays candy factory owner Willy Wonka, resumed the scene with child star Jack Costello.
A spokesperson for the production says, "The elevator did not finish its flight and had to be brought down manually. The show was stopped for six minutes while this happened and then continued as normal."
Skyfall director Mendes officially launched the show in the British capital on Tuesday (25Jun13).
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has been unveiled as the unlikely source of inspiration for British actor Douglas Hodge's new take on Willy Wonka. Roald Dahl's classic kids' book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been adapted for the London stage by filmmaker Sam Mendes, with Hodge playing kooky candy boss Wonka.
Hodge insists his performance isn't based on actors Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp, who previously played Wonka on the big screen, but instead rocker Yorke: "It's the way he dances. He's so tiny and birdlike."
The theatre star has also taken cues from rock icons Sir Mick Jagger and David Bowie, as well as the late King of Pop Michael Jackson.
He adds, "Bowie has been in my mind as someone who disappeared from the public for a long time and then emerged. A strange, exotic creature, he seems to inherit a tradition of enigma and exclusiveness (like Wonka)."
Mendes' musical officially opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the British capital on 25 June (13).
The first two previews of Sam Mendes' much-anticipated West End musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory have been pushed back because of "unforeseen problems" with a contractor. The show, based on Roald Dahl's beloved book and starring Douglas Hodge as chocolate maker Willy Wonka, was due to debut at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Friday (17May13), but the evening's production, and on Saturday (18May13), have been scrapped, according to TheStage.co.uk.
A statement from the producers blames "unforeseen problems in the delivery of a piece of stage engineering by a contractor", which they claim has "caused delays to the schedule".
Show spokesperson Ryan Petersen adds, "The whole production team is frustrated by this unforeseen delay in what has otherwise been a very smooth and exciting rehearsal period. We're sorry to inconvenience people who have booked for these first previews..."
The show is now set to debut next week (begs20May13), and the two previews will be rescheduled.
The Olivier and Tony Award-winning thespian, who is currently starring in Cyrano De Bergerac on Broadway, will play Wonka in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London next summer (13).
Previews for the show, which is to be directed by Sam Mendes, will begin in mid-May and the show is booked until the end of November (13).
It's going to be a busy few months for Hodge as he prepares for the role - as well as playing Cyrano, he is also portraying Princess Diana's butler Paul Burrell in upcoming movie Diana.
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The musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved book received the maximum possible nods, including best actor in a musical for Bertie Carvel and best supporting actor in a musical for Paul Kaye.
Young actresses Kerry Ingram, Sophia Kiely, Cleo Demetriou and Eleanor Worthington Cox share the title role in the production and received a joint best actress in a musical nomination. They will be up against Kat Fleetwood, Sarah Lancashire and Scarlett Strallen.
Featuring songs by funnyman Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical, which focuses on a schoolgirl who has magic powers, has been a huge hit after opening in London's West End last year (12), and will head to Broadway in 2013.
The nominations for the Olivier theatre awards, which celebrate the best of the year's British stage shows, were announced on Thursday (15Mar12).
One Man, Two Guvnors and The LadyKillers received five nominations each including best play, while the musical adaption of hit 1990 movie Ghost scored four nods
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Trainspotting actor Jonny Lee Miller received a joint best actor nomination for Frankenstein, and will compete against Jude Law, James Corden, David Haif and Douglas Hodge for the award.
Kristen Scott Thomas, Celia Imrie, Lesley Manville, Marcia Warren and Ruth Wilson are vying for the best actress honour.
The award ceremony takes place on 15 April at London's Royal Opera House, and will be hosted by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.
Grammer and Douglas Hodge currently star as a gay couple in the hit show, which claimed three Tony Awards earlier this year (10), including Best Revival of a Musical.
But they will both bring their New York stage run to an end on 13 February (11) and Arrested Development star Tambor will take over, opposite Harvey Fierstein in Hodge's place.
Tambor and Fierstein will debut the new line-up at the Longacre Theatre on 15 February (11).
British actor DOUGLAS HODGE will dress in drag for Broadway audiences for another six months - bosses of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES have extended his contract through 13 February (10), when he will take his final bow alongside co-star KELSEY GRAMMER.
The hit show, starring Brits Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, picked up five awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Bon Jovi star David Bryan's Memphis was also the toast of Broadway, picking up four awards - including the night's Best Musical honour. Fela! and La Cage aux Folles claimed only three of their 11 nominations each.
Onstage husband and wife Denzel Washington and Viola Davis were big winners, claiming the night's Best Actor and Actress prizes for a Play for Fences, which was also named Best Revival. Scarlett Johansson was a first-time Tony Awards winner for her Broadway debut in A View From The Bridge and Catherine Zeta-Jones was named Best Actress in a Musical.
Green Day's American Idiot was a double winner.
There were also special awards for British playwright Alan Ayckbourn and actors Marian Seldes and David Hyde Pierce.
The show was a true celebration of all things musical and theatrical with highlights including a show-stopping performance by Glee stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele, a dramatic rendition of Send in the Clowns by Zeta-Jones and stunning segments from hit musicals Fela! and La Cage aux Folles.
Green Day helped give the big show a rocking start as they performed two songs from their American Idiot musical.
It was couple's night in the audience with Johansson joined by husband Ryan Reynolds, Michael Douglas supporting his wife Zeta-Jones and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith turning out.
Even Jay-Z, who had performed at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee on Saturday (12Jun10), and his wife Beyonce dressed it up for a night at the theatre awards.
Host Sean Hayes was perfect, cracking jokes at the expense of some of his movie star audience members and dressing up as both Annie and Spider-Man for added laughs.
The 2010 Tony Award winners are:
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play - Scarlett Johansson (A View From The Bridge)
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play - Eddie Redmayne (Red)
Best Direction of a Play - Michael Grandage (Red)
Best Direction of a Musical - Terry Johnson (La Cage aux Folles)
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical - Katie Finneran (Promises, Promises)
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet)
Best Costume Design of a Play - Catherine Zuber (The Royal Family)
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Marina Draghici (Fela!)
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Kevin Adams (American Idiot)
Best Scenic Design of a Play - Christopher Oram (Red)
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Christine Jones (American Idiot)
Best Lighting Design of a Play - Adam Cork (Red)
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Robert Kaplowitz (Fela!)
Best Performance by a Leading Lady in a Play - Viola Davis (Fences)
Best Performance by a Leading Man in a Play - Denzel Washington (Fences)
Lifetime Achievement Award - Alan Ayckbourn
Lifetime Achievement Award - Marian Seldes
Isabelle Stephenson Award - David Hyde Pierce
Best Orchestrations - David Bryan & Daryl Waters (Memphis)
Best Original Score - David Bryan & Joe DiPietro (Memphis)
Best Book of a Musical - Joe DiPietro (Memphis)
Best Choreography - Bill T. Jones (Fela!)
Best Revival of a Play - Fences
Best Play - Red
Best Revival of a Musical - La Cage aux Folles
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music)
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles)
Best Musical - Memphis.
The stars proved they are a force to be reckoned with on the stage and screen when they were named Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Play on Monday (17May10). Fences was also hailed as the best Outstanding Revival of a Play.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was praised for her role in A Little Night Music, sharing the Outstanding Actress in a Musical title with Memphis star Montego Glover.
Glover's accolade helped to take the hit musical's total wins to four prizes - tying with Kelsey Grammer's La Cage aux Folles, which landed the Outstanding Revival of a Musical award, while the show's other star Douglas Hodge triumphed as Outstanding Actor in a Musical.
Former Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher was also smiling when the winners were unveiled on Monday - her one-woman play Wishful Drinking scooped her the Outstanding Solo Performance prize.
The awards will be presented to the stars at a ceremony in New York on 27 May (10).