Stephen Ward the Musical

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Stephen Ward
The Scandal That Shook Society
Stephen Ward Musical.jpeg
Music Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics Don Black
Christopher Hampton
Book Don Black
Christopher Hampton
Basis The Profumo Affair and the life of Stephen Ward
Productions 2013 West End

Stephen Ward is a musical with a book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.[1] Based on the real life events behind the 1963 Profumo Affair,[2][3] the musical made its West End and world premiere at London's Aldwych Theatre in 2013.

Background[edit]

In February 2012, Webber first revealed in an interview with Chris Evans that he was considering working on a show based on the Profumo Affair.[4] A first reading of the musical[1] was held in London in early 2013,[5] with its first public outing coming in March,[6] with Milos Karadaglic[7] performing the title song from the show on an ITV special Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years. The track was later released as a digital download.[6]

Officially confirmed on 28 June 2013, producers announced that the initial production would play the Aldwych Theatre,[8] with tickets going on sale immediately.[9] The show with a budget of £2.5 million[10] has a book with lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton[11] and is directed by Richard Eyre,[12] with choreography by Stephen Mear, set design by Rob Howell, lighting design by Peter Mumford and sound by Paul Groothuis.[13]

In 2014, the full libretto of the musical was published by Farber and Farber in book form.[14]

Production history[edit]

West End (2013)[edit]

Stephen Ward began previews on 3 December 2013,[15] at the Aldwych Theatre, London, before holding its official opening night on 19 December,[13] booking until 1 March.[16] On 6 September 2013, full casting was announced with Alexander Hanson playing the title role of Stephen Ward,[17] Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler,[18] Joanna Riding as Valerie Hobson,[19] Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice Davies, Anthony Calf as Lord Astor, Daniel Flynn as John Profumo, Ian Conningham as Ivanov, Christopher Howell as Percival Murray, Ricardo Coke Thomas as Lucky Gordon and Wayne Robinson as Johnny Edgecombe.[20] Despite initially announcing the production would extend to 31 May,[21] the show closed on 29 March 2014, the same day as Lloyd Webber's former writing partner Tim Rice's show From Here to Eternity.[22][23] A typical London performance ran 2hrs 20mins, including one interval.[24]

Music[edit]

Musical numbers[edit]

°Not Released on the Original Cast Recording of the Musical