Stephen Ward the Musical at Aldwych Theatre tickets
Stephen Ward the Musical at Aldwych Theatre tickets

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Overview

Richard Eyre (Quartermaine’s Terms) directs Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical about one of the most extraordinary political scandals of the 20th century. With a book by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, Stephen Ward is the world premiere of a scandal that shocked society in the early 1960’s, opening at London’s Aldwych Theatre in December 2013.

Set in 1963, Stephen Ward takes its name from the English osteopath at the centre of the Profumo Scandal. Charting Ward’s rise and dramatic fall from grace, Stephen Ward documents the trial that came to symbolise Britain in the sixties. After introducing a mistress to Minister for War John Profumo, Ward became the targeted scapegoat of a furiously self-righteous Establishment. Caught between an alliance between the press and police, Ward inadvertently became the hinge between two entirely different worlds, as the ordered 50’s gave way to a revolution of manners in the 60’s.

Alexander Hanson (Jesus Christ Superstar, Candide) stars as Stephen Ward, alongside Charlotte Spencer (Mary Poppins) as Christine Keeler. Stephen Ward also includes Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice Davies, Anthony Calf as Lord Astor, Daniel Flynn as John Profumo, Joanna Riding (The Pajama Game) as Valerie Hobson, Ian Conningham as Ivanov, Chris Howell as Murray, Ricardo Coke Thomas as Lucky Gordon and Wayne Robinson as Johnny Edgecomp.

Acclaimed director Eyre most recently directed Quartermaine’s Terms at Wyndham’s Theatre, starring Rowan Atkinson, with further directing credits including Betty Blue Eyes and Private Lives. Stephen Ward features design by Rob Howell (Matilda), choreography by Stephen Mear (Kiss Me, Kate), lighting design by Peter Mumford and sound design by Paul Groothuis. A sexy, sassy and sensational new musical from veteran Lloyd Webber, Stephen Ward promises to be hugely entertaining.

Recommended for

Andrew Lloyd Webber fans will enjoy this new and different style of musical, from one of the industry’s greats. Those interested in the political themes will find this extraordinary tale fascinating! Due to themes of a sexual nature, Stephen Ward is not suitable for children.

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 mins
Opened: 03 Dec 2013
Press night: 19 Dec 2013
Booking from: 05 Feb 2014
Booking until: 29 Mar 2014

Location and map

Aldwych Theatre
49 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4DF

2 Reviews Add review

Good show but uneven. First half much better.

rockroll 6"0, 1 review, 0 helpful votes

One of the worst shows I have ever seen in the West End. Lloyd Webber at his worst.

markeastaugh 6"1, 157 reviews, 2 helpful votes