Cast for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward

Cast announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward, which has its world premiere at the Aldwych Theatre, opening 19 Dec 2013, following previews from 3 Dec - booking to 1 March 2014.

Alexander Hanson (Stephen Ward), Charlotte Spence (Christine Keeler), Charlotte Blackledge (Mandy Rice Davies), Anthony Calf (Lord Astor), Daniel Flynn (John Profumo), Joanna Riding (Valerie Hobson), Ian Conningham (Ivanov), Chris Howell (Murray), Ricardo Coke Thomas ( Lucky Gordon), Wayne Robinson (Johnny Edgecomp), Martin Callaghan, Kate Coyston, Jason Denton, Julian Forsyth, Amy Griffiths, Paul Kemble, Emma Kate Nelson, Carl Sanderson, Emily Squibb, John Stacey, Helen Ternent, Tim Walton..

Directed by Richard Eyre, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black. It has choreography by Stephen Mear, designed by Rob Howell, lighting by Peter Mumford , sound by Paul Groothuis. Produced by Robert Fox Limited and the Really Useful Group.

1963. The scandal that shocked society. Stephen Ward deals with the victim of the Profumo Affair - not, as is widely supposed, John Profumo himself, the disgraced Minister for War, nor even the fatally wounded Conservative government of Harold Macmillan, but the society osteopath whose private libertarian experiments blew up in his own and everyone else's face.

Alexander Hanson was last on stage as Pilate in the recent UK Arena Tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Previously he appeared as Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, which after its run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, transferred to the West End and then to Broadway. Charlotte Spencer was directed by Richard Eyre as Jane Banks in the original West End production of Mary Poppins. Previously she was seen on stage in Olivier! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Charlotte Blackledge who trained at Central School of Speech and Drama is making her professional stage debut in Stephen Ward. Anthony Calf can currently be seen playing Victor Prynne in Jonathan Kent’s production of Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre. On television his credits include Restless and Upstairs Downstairs and regular roles in New Tricks and Holby City. Daniel Flynn’s more recent theatre credits include Bracken Moor for the Tricycle Theatre, 55 Days for the Hampstead Theatre, Richard II and Translations for the Donmar Warehouse, Emperor and Galilean andThe White Guard for the National Theatre, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline and Camelot for Regents Park Open Air Theatre, The Weir and I Am Yours for the Royal Court. Joanna Riding theatre credits include Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Lend Me A Tenor at the Gielgud Theatre, Fear and Misery for the Royal Court and The Witches of Eastwick and My Fair Lady both at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

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