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.