Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Stephen Ward will premiere at the West End’s Aldwych Theatre just ahead of Christmas. The show’s producers have confirmed that it will start previews on 3 December with its official opening scheduled for 19 December.
The musical brings the history-making 1963 Profumo Affair back into the spotlight. Hinging on illicit liaisons between high-class call-girl Christine Keeler, Conservative Minister for War John Profumo and a high-ranking Soviet official, it was the major political scandal of the swinging sixties. Without Stephen Ward it would never have happened.
Ward was the free-living society physician who introduced the chief players in the government-toppling affair to each other. The musical focuses on Ward's own part in the story, and reveals that it was he, not disgraced Minister for War John Profumo, who was the real victim of the ensuing press and police witch-hunt.
Lloyd Webber has reunited with his Tony Award-winning Sunset Boulevard collaborators writer Christopher Hampton and lyricist Don Black to create the musical.
Stephen Ward will be directed by Richard Eyre, with designs by Rob Howell, choreography by Stephen Mear, lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Paul Groothuis.
Casting is yet to be announced- watch this space for more details.