Stephen Ward by Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Aldwych Theatre
Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Stephen Ward, about the society osteopath caught up in the Profumo Affair of the 1960’s, at the Aldwych Theatre starring Alexander Hanson, Charlotte Spencer and Charlotte Blackledge.
Richard Eyre directs the world premiere of Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, book and lyrics are by playwright Christopher Hampton and lyricist Don Black, design by Rob Howell and choreography by Stephen Mear.
Stephen Ward is a fascinating new musical from one of Britain’s most respected composers.
“THIS GROWN-UP, RICHLY PRODUCED, STRONGLY SCORED MUSICAL HAS TIMELESS TOPICALITY. BENT COPPERS, LYING PARLIAMENTARIANS, A BED-HOPPING ELITE AND GRUBBY NEWSPAPERMEN. WE HAVEN’T CHANGED MUCH IN HALF A CENTURY” – Daily Mail
“WE’VE NEVER SEEN ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER SO MISCHIEVOUS. FUNNY, TOUCHING AND HIGHLY ENJOYABLE” – The Daily Telegraph
“STUFFED FULL OF LLOYD WEBBER’S TRADEMARK STIRRING MUSIC, WHICH PLUCKS OBSTINATELY AT THE EMOTIONS” – Evening Standard
In 1963 a scandal shocked British society to its core.
And behind the scandal that hit John Profumo, the disgraced Minister for War, his mistress Christine Keeler, and the fatally wounded Conservative government of Harold Macmillan, sat Stephen Ward, the society osteopath whose private libertarian experiments blew up in his own and everyone else’s face.
In a trial that came to symbolise Britain in the Sixties, Ward became the targeted scapegoat of a furiously self-righteous Establishment. A reluctant martyr rather than a hero, and caught between an unholy alliance between the press and the police, he inadvertently became the hinge between two worlds as the revolution of manners, music and morals of the Sixties triumphed over the ordered, stuffy, respectful universe of the Fifties.
The principle cast 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.
Theatre: Aldwych Theatre