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Booking from: Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Booking until: Saturday, 29 March 2014
Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Stephen Ward tickets – Scandal, outrage and the end of an era
Join the crowds for a very special production set to raise the roof at the Aldwych Theatre in December 2013. It’s star-studded stuff, with a bevy of talent on board. Lloyd Webber has collaborated with Christopher Hampton and the lyricist Don Black before, on the runaway hit and multi Tony award-winning Sunset Boulevard. Designs are by Rob Howell, choreography by Stephen Mear, lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Paul Groothuis. All of which bodes very well indeed!
What’s the story? It’s 1963, the scene is Britain and the Profumo Affair and Christine Keeler’s antics are on everyone’s lips. Polite society is deeply shocked. But the musical looks at the affair from a completely different perspective; from the point of view of the osteopath-to-the-stars Stephen Ward whose personal libertarian experiments blew up in face as well as causing mayhem and chaos for everyone else.
The better known characters of the Minister for War, John Profumo himself, and the Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, take a back seat as the story unfolds. Ward was the only protagonist to emerge post-trial with a level of dignity and honour amongst all the squalor, and he soon became the scapegoat used by the Establishment to express their fury.
He wasn’t hero. He was a friend to film stars, spies, models, government ministers and aristocrats, who made a very bad decision. But thanks to the press at the time, and the police, he ended up a very reluctant martyr and inadvertently became a catalyst for profound cultural change. Thanks to him, we saw the abrupt end of the stuffy, cosy, respectable 1950s and the start of the fresh, vocal, rebellious and eventually unstoppable sixties.
Stephen Ward the musical focuses on Ward’s relationship with the beautiful Christine Keeler, following a chance meeting in a West End night club. One tiny coincidence, it helped change the world of British politics, and the cultural and moral landscapes, forever.
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