Stephen Ward by Andrew Lloyd Webber - Aldwych
Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward, has its world premiere at the Aldwych Theatre, opening 19 Dec 2013, following previews from 3 Dec - booking to 1 March 2014.
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.
Press material says: "In a trial as emblematic to the twentieth century as Oscar Wilde's was to the nineteenth - from which he was the only protagonist to emerge with some dignity and honour - Ward became the targeted scapegoat of a furiously self-righteous Establishment. By no means a hero, he was a reluctant martyr, thanks to an unholy alliance between press and police of a kind we can all too readily recognise today; inadvertently, he was the hinge between two worlds and the harbinger of a revolution in manners, music and morals when the ordered, stuffy, respectful universe of the fifties gave way to the classless, truculent, unstoppable sixties."