Helena Bonham Carter attended Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends Gala at the Sondheim Theater in London on Tuesday.
The actress, 55, made a stylish arrival in a black maxi dress featuring white and red rose prints while wrapping up with a furry charcoal jacket.
Accessorizing her look with an unmissable purple scarf, she was closely followed by Damien Lewis, 51, who put on an ever-dapper display in a black suit.
Emerging: Helena Bonham Carter looked chic in a black maxi dress with rose prints while Damien Lewis donned a black suit at Sondheim’s Old Friends Gala on Tuesday in London
He chatted away with Bonnie Langford, who put on a dazzling display in a glittery black jumpsuit with flared trousers, which she teamed up with a tan coat.
Michael Ball also wore a black suit and linked arms with a pal as he made his way through the streets of Soho.
Stephen, the Broadway legend who died in November 2021, left his $75 million estate to his husband Jeff Romley, friends and multiple charities, according to court papers.
Suave: She was closely followed by Damien Lewis, 51, who put on an ever-dapper display in a black suit
Looking good: The actress, 55, made a stylish arrival while wrapping up with a furry charcoal jacket and being flanked by a suave man
Trendy: Accessorizing her look with an unmissable purple scarf, she wore her brown locks in a tousled updo
Stylish: Helena completed her ensemble with a pair of black leather pumps with white rims, and painted her fingernails red
The West Side Story songwriter left the contents of his estate, including the rights to his music and literary works, personal effects and finances, which will go into the Stephen J Sondheim Revocable Trust, his will states.
He designated 20 people and charities as beneficiaries to his trust, including his husband Jeffrey Romley, as well as his Into the Woods collaborator and director James Lapine.
His fellow playwright Peter Jones, with whom Sondheim had a relationship when he was 60, was also included, The New York Post reported.
Pals: He chatted away with Bonnie Langford, who put on a dazzling display in a glittery black jumpsuit with flared trousers
Confident: She teamed up the shimmering number with a tan coat and silver shoes
Happy: Shooting beaming smiles, the pair appeared to be in high spirits as they strolled through the Big Smoke
Companion: Michael Ball also wore a black suit and linked arms with a pal as he made his way through the streets of Soho=
Stephen also listed the likes of the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of New York City, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Dramatists Guild Fund and the Irish Repertory Theater Company as beneficiaries to his estate.
He also named a soon-to-be created Stephen Sondheim Foundation as another beneficiary.
Other names listed in Sondheim’s will include Rob Girard, his gardener for 14 years, and Sondheim’s close friend, home designer Charles Peter Wooster, who lived on Sondheim’s Connecticut property in a carriage house, according to the New York Times.
Cheshire cat: Dawn French couldn’t wipe the smile from her face while wearing a black ensemble
Glowing: Dawn put on a chic display as she continued to show off her cropped gray hair
Buddies: Dawn enjoyed the show with an elderly pal, and she shared a heartwarming selfie with him to her Instagram
In her caption, she began: ‘FANBLEDDYTASTIC evening in the feater at the Sondheim Gala ‘Old Friends’ , with my beloved gusband, N.Carrivick Esq’
‘It’s called a pour-over will where everything goes to the trust,’ the lawyer source said.
‘It is a very classic estate planning technique.’
The lyricist and composer’s lawyer and friend, F Richard Pappas, had announced that Sondheim died at 91 years old in his Roxbury, Connecticut home a day after Thanksgiving.
Emotional: Dame Judi Dench, 87, held back the tears at the end of the show
Ensemble: Bonnie, Michael, Imelda Staunton, Rob Brydon and Helena (L-R) bowed at the curtain call during the Gala performance of Sondheim’s Old Friends
Legend: Judi (centre-left) looked emotional as she held hands with her fellow actors on-stage
Glamorous: Judi’s elegant dress featured a scooped neckline and cropped sleeves that displayed her stunning diamond emblazoned necklace
According to his will, Sondheim named Pappas and another man who was not identified as the executors of his estate.
The source added, ‘The trust will certainly tell the full story but we don’t have a copy of that.’
‘We can safely assume that the names of people listed in the probate petition are beneficiaries and will be receiving something but we don’t know how much.’
Curator: Photographer Michael Le Poer Trench stopped for a photo with the events host Sir Cameron Mackintosh
Pals: The duo were later joined by singer Elaine Delmar who looked very chic in a purple ensemble with a lilac scarf
Good night: David Walliams put in an appearance with his beloved mum Kathleen as they smiled for a photo with Sir Matthew Bourne and Arthur Pita
Irish Repertory Theater co-founders Ciarán O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore called the bequest ‘a lovely surprise.’
Sondheim ‘never failed to honor us with his staunch support … especially of our musicals and musical adaptations,’ their statement continued.
‘Having “Himself” in our audience, while absolutely terrifying, confirmed our right to venture into the mysterious worlds in which he was the undisputed master.’
Tragic: Stephen, the Broadway legend who died in November 2021, left his $75 million estate to his husband Jeff Romley, friends and multiple charities, according to court papers (pictured together in 2013)
According to the Post, a New York trust lawyer not connected to Sondheim’s case said the composer managed his estate well, with someone close to him managing his musical legacy through inheriting his intellectual property.
‘Stephen Sondheim has worked with the top planning attorneys in the country and has a very good sound estate plan that will benefit his spouse and his friends and charitable organizations that were important to him,’ the legal source told the Post.
‘Also, it keeps order of his intellectual property … there is somebody who is managing his musical legacy.’
wow! Then-President Barack Obama, right, presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to composer Stephen during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in 2015