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Helena Bonham Carter cuts a black maxi dress while Damien Lewis dons a black suit at Sondheim's Gala


Helena Bonham Carter attended Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends Gala at the Sondheim Theatre 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.

Accessorising 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

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.

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

Suave: She was closely followed by Damien Lewis, 51

Smart: He put on an ever-dapper display in a black suit

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

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: Accessorising her look with an unmissable purple scarf, she wore her brown locks in a tousled updo

Trendy: Accessorising her look with an unmissable purple scarf, she wore her brown locks in a tousled updo

Pals: He chatted away with Bonnie Langford, who put on a dazzling display in a glittery black jumpsuit with flared trousers

Pals: He chatted away with Bonnie Langford, who put on a dazzling display in a glittery black jumpsuit with flared trousers

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.

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.

Confident: She teamed up the shimmering number with a tan coat and silver shoes

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

 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

Companion: Michael Ball also wore a black suit and linked arms with a pal as he made his way through the streets of Soho

Other names listed in Sondheim’s will include Rob Girard, his gardener for 14 years, and Sondheims close friend, home designer Charles Peter Wooster, who lived on Sondheim’s Connecticut property in a carriage house, according to the New York Times.

‘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.

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)

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 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.’

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.’

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

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 

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