Stephen Ward to close 29 March 2014 Aldwych Theatre
Robert Fox, Producer, said: "I am very proud of the show and our wonderful Company. Andrew has never been afraid to embrace difficult and challenging subject matters and Ward’s strong and compelling story highlights a serious miscarriage of justice. The piece set out to explore his fascinating life as a piece of serious theatre which has now been told to a new generation. The strong critical reviews commend what I think is possibly Andrew’s best score in years, paired with some of the finest writing and lyrics Don and Christopher have ever delivered. I am very sad to see the show close in London but firmly believe this piece will be seen by many audiences in the future."
The show opened 19 Dec 2013, following previews from 3 Dec, to average notices from the popular press: "moves freely in and out of song and speech" (Londontheatre.co.uk); "sharply captures the mood and atmosphere of the early Sixties" (Telegraph); "uneven musical play" (Independent).
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.
Cast includes 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).
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.