Stephen Ward Musical

Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre

Aldwych Theatre, London

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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

THE STORY

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 CAST

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.

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Theatre: Aldwych Theatre


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Booking to 1 March 2014

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Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF
Nearest Tube or Train: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 11, 13, 15, 68, 98
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A Theatre Life: Interview with Sir Richard Eyre
 In "A Theatre Life" we ask some of the most important and influential people within the London theatre business to reflect on their life and work. Sir Richard Eyre Sir Richard Eyre We can't do any better than Judi Dench in summing up the impact and importance that Sir Richard Eyre has had on West End, British and world theatre, through his long career of writing, adapting, directing and managing: "He's an extraordinary man of the theatre. He's an incredible man of integrity about the theatre, and you feel, when you're working with him, that you're in very safe hands. He believes in the theatre passionately." (from PBS). Currently directing his adaptation of Ghosts at the Almeida, and about to helm Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward in the West End, Richard Eyre has directed an extraordinary wealth of plays and musicals, both new and classic, over his career. He has also managed playhouses, most notably the National Theatre from 1988 to 1997, directed for TV and film, and is an acclaimed author. What was your earliest ambition?To be a fireman. How do you spend the first hour of your day?3 times a week running in Hyde Park, 4 days a week answering e-mails. How physically fit are you?See above. Are you political?Yes. I'm a Labour supporter in spite of much provocation to defect. What's your biggest extravagance?A house in Gloucestershire. Personal wealth or reputation? Which is more important?Reputation. What is your most treasured possession?I tempted to say my reputation but more truthfully it's my house in Gloucestershire. Is London the world's greatest location for theatre?Yes. In what place are you happiest?Gloucestershire. Who do you most admire? Actors or theatre practitioners?Actors. What ambitions do you still have? What drives you on?My ambition is to keep working. What is the single greatest achievement in your life so far?Running the National Theatre for 10 years. If your 18 year old self could see you now, what would they say?"I don't believe it." How would you like to bow out of your career?By dying. Does theatre really matter?Of course. There's no art that uses time, space, gesture, movement, speech, colour, costume, light and music in the way that theatre does. It's never like real life but it's true to life. It's poetic: it thrives on metaphor - things stand for things rather than being the thing itself, a room becomes a world, a group of characters become a whole society. That's why it's so good at dealing with politics and morals. Theatre invokes the astonishment of the unreal, and the strange, magnified, proportions which occur naturally in childhood. And it always relates to the scale of the human figure and the unamplified voice. Which London theatre holds the strongest memories for you?The Olivier. * * * * * * * * * Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre is now in previews and opens this Thursday, 3 October 2013, running until 23 November 2013. Adapted and directed by Richard Eyre, Ghosts stars Lesley Manville as Helene in Ibsen's classic drama. Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre starts previews from 3 December 2013 with press night on 19 December 2013 and is currently booking to 1 March 2014.  Richard Eyre directs Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical about the Profumo Affair starring Alexander Hanson, Charlotte Spencer and Charlotte Blackledge.  LINKS Richard Eyre - more news and shows Almeida Theatre Website: Book tickets to GhostsBook tickets to Stephen Ward at the Aldwych TheatreRichard Eyre on Desert Island DiscsDebretts: Richard EyreWestendtheatre.com: More on Richard EyreA Theatre Life: More interviews in the "A Theatre Life" series
Stephen Ward cast announced | Alexander Hanson, Charlotte Spencer, Charlotte Blackledge, Anthony Calf and Joanna Riding
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. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler, Alexander Hanson as Stephen Ward and Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice Davies in STEPHEN WARD[/caption] 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. LINKS Book tickets to Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre in London

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2 thoughts on “Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre”

  1. The Music Launch Itself was Too Exciting:

    The music launch of Stephen Ward was promising enough to point out to the quality of Stephen Ward as a musical show. Based on an unconventional subject revolving around the chance romantic encounter of Ward and Christine Keeler, the show promises to uphold the political and social scenario of 1963 like never before! I am all set for it.

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