Charlie and the Chocolate factory actors left dangling from the ceiling mid-show

Friday night's performance had to be suspended so technicians could free actors trapped in the glass lift

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A West End performance of new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had to be suspended mid-show on Friday evening, when the glass lift used as a prop left actors trapped dangling from the ceiling.

The performance was halted just before the grand finale to allow technicians to free Douglas Hodge, who plays Willy Wonka, and Jack Costello, who plays Charlie Bucket.

Both Hodge and Jack had stepped into the glass lift and were carried above the Theatre Royal Drury Lane audience, before it broke down in mid-air and left the actors stuck.

The play, directed by Sam Mendes, had only opened on Wednesday and has received mixed reviews but has already announced a six month extended run until May 2014.

According to the Daily Mail, the lift was eventually pulled back to the stage manually. The apologetic stage manager received a round of applause from the audience.

Speaking to the Mail, a spokesman for the theatre said: “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.”