The first showing of Sam Mendes' 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical' has been met with mixed reviews but that didn't stop celebrities from turning out en masse for the premiere after-party (Tuesday 25th June).
The opening night of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: The Musical turned out to be a star studded occasion. The after party pictures show the turnout of celebrities in support of director Sam Mendes, who directed this latest production. Stars included Uma Thurman (Kill Bill), Doctor Who side-kick Jenna Louise Coleman and presenter Graham Norton. Other actors present were Maxine Peake (The Village), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Summer Strallen (Land Girls) and Danny Mac (Hollyoaks).
Uma Thurman arriving at the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical after party
Also attending was Glee actor Matthew Morrison who truly got into the spirit of the occasion by joyous celebrating his own golden ticket. Morrison was not the only American actor present as Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) made an appearance along with her husband, actor Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), and their son James Wilkie Broderick. Both Uma Thurman and singer Sinitta brought along their offspring.
Presenter Graham Norton
Opening last night, the musical has received mixed reviews whilst some have praised Mendes' take on the classic children's novel as being 'fresh' and something which 'leaves you wanting more', according to Paul Taylor of the Independent. Others have criticised the production for, at times, being over-bearing and too dependent on special effects of which Mendes 'doesn't stint on' according to the Guardian's Michael Billington.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: the Musicalis following in the footsteps of another Roald Dahl book, Matilda, which has been re-envisioned as musical theatre.
Sarah Jessica Parker arriving with her husband Matthew Broderick and their son James Wilkie Broderick.
Actor Matthew Morrison clutching his golden ticket.
Singer Sinitta with her children.
Dr Who actress Jenna Louise Coleman