Tickets go on sale today for the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward. The show commences performances at the West End's Aldwych Theatre on 3 December, with an official opening on 19 December. Booking is currently available for performances until 1 March 2014.
Stephen Ward was the free-living society physician who introduced the major players in the government-toppling 1963 Profumo sex-and-espionage scandal to each other. The musical that bears his name puts Ward's story in the spotlight.
In a lurid, headline-dominating trial as emblematic of the twentieth century as Oscar Wilde's was of the nineteenth, Ward was the only person to emerge with some dignity and honour. But he became the scapegoat of a furiously self-righteous Establishment, and was hounded by press and police until he could no longer tolerate the pressure.
Ward was a reluctant martyr - a bridge between the ruling class and the embryonic permissive society, who history now regards as an unwitting herald of the revolution in manners, music and morals that came to characterise the sixties.
Lloyd Webber has reunited for the project with his Tony Award-winning Sunset Boulevard collaborators, playwright Christopher Hampton and lyricist Don Black.
The production 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 has yet to be announced – watch this space for details.