Lloyd Webber Musical based on life of Stephen Ward to open in West End

Date Posted: 29/06/2013

The world premiere of new musical Stephen Ward opens in the West End in December, directed by Richard Eyre with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Based on the trial of society osteopath Stephen Ward in the fallout to the Profumo Affair, the production previews at London’s Aldwych Theatre from 3rd December.

With casting to be announced in due course, Stephen Ward is currently booking until 1st March 2014.

The victim of the Profumo Affair

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, but the society osteopath whose private libertarian experiments blew up in his own and everyone else’s face.

In a trial as emblematic to the 20th century as Oscar Wilde's was to the 19th, 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.

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 50s gave way to the classless, truculent, unstoppable 60s.

School trip organisers should contact their preferred ticketing agent for further details and group rates.

For more school trip information visit www.stephenwardthemusical.com.

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