The cast has been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Stephen Ward, including Alexander Hanson, Charlotte Spencer, Charlotte Blackledge, Anthony Calf, Daniel Flynn and Joanna Riding.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Christopher Hampton and lyricist Don Black’s new musical STEPHEN WARD, about the 1960’s Profumo scandal, is set to have its world premiere at the Aldwych Theatre on 19 December 2013 (previews from 3 December 2013).
Richard Eyre directs a principle cast that includes Alexander Hanson (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Stephen Ward, Charlotte Spencer (Mary Poppins) as Christine Keeler, Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice Davies, Anthony Calf (Private Lives) as Lord Astor, Daniel Flynn (Bracken Moor) as John Profumo and Joanna Riding (The Pajama Game) as Valerie Hobson.
Other cast include Ian Conningham as Ivanov, Chris Howell as Murray, Ricardo Coke Thomas as Lucky Gordon and Wayne Robinson as Johnny Edgecomp, plus Martin Callaghan, Kate Coyston, Jason Denton, Julian Forsyth, Amy Griffiths, Paul Kemble, Emma Kate Nelson, Carl Sanderson, Emily Squibb, John Stacey, Helen Ternent and Tim Walton.
Stephen Ward has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black. Design will be by Rob Howell and choreography by Stephen Mear.
Set in 1963, the musical centres on the rise and fall of society osteopath Stephen Ward and his role in the scandal that rocked the UK government. With film stars, spies, models, government ministers and aristocrats embroiled in the scandal, including the young and beautiful Christine Keeler, the musical tackles one of the great scandals of 20th century Britain.