1963. The scandal that shocked society

STEPHEN WARD deals with the victim of the Profumo Affair – not, as is widely supposed, John ‘Jack’ 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.  

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.

Written by Andrew Lloyd WebberChristopher Hampton and Don Black, and directed by Richard Eyre, the musical centres on Stephen Ward’s involvement with the young and beautiful Christine Keeler and their chance meeting in a West End night club, which led to one of the biggest political scandals and most famous trials of the 20th century.

- See more at: http://www.stephenwardthemusical.com/show/1963-scandal-shook-society#sthash.0Fvs26LH.dpufSTEPHEN WARD deals with the victim of the Profumo Affair – not, as is widely supposed, John ‘Jack’ 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.

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.

Written by Andrew Lloyd WebberChristopher Hampton and Don Black, and directed by Richard Eyre, the musical centres on Stephen Ward’s involvement with the young and beautiful Christine Keeler and their chance meeting in a West End night club, which led to one of the biggest political scandals and most famous trials of the 20th century.

- See more at: http://www.stephenwardthemusical.com/show/1963-scandal-shook-society#sthash.0Fvs26LH.dpuf

This production is no longer showing at the Aldwych Theatre.

STEPHEN WARD the musical deals with the victim of the Profumo Affair – not, as is widely supposed, John ‘Jack’ 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.

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.

Written by Andrew Lloyd WebberChristopher Hampton and Don Black, and directed by Richard Eyre, STEPHEN WARD charts the rise and fall from grace of the society osteopath. Friend to film stars, spies, models, government ministers and aristocrats, his rise and ultimate disgrace coincided with the increasingly permissive lifestyle of London’s elite in the early 1960′s. Stephen Ward the musical centres on Stephen Ward’s involvement with the young and beautiful Christine Keeler and their chance meeting in a West End night club, which led to one of the biggest political scandals and most famous trials of the 20th century*.

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*Stephen Ward contains swearing and features references to sex and some nudity, so recommended for people aged 14+ years
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book and Lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black
Cast
Stephen Ward Alexander Hanson
Alexander Hanson

Alexander Hanson was last on stage as Pilate in the recent UK Arena Tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar.  Previously he appeared as Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, which after its run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, transferred to the West End and then to Broadway.  In 2009 Hanson was Olivier Award nominated for his performance as Otto in Marguerite at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.  His many other music theatre credits include Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, Candide for the National Theatre and Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi Theatre.  His other theatre credits include Copenhagen and The Merchant of Venice for the National Theatre, Talking to Terrorists for the Royal Court and Hay Fever and Translations for Chichester Festival Theatre.  His film and television credits include Party Animals, The Last Detective II, Rosemary and Thyme and Heartbeat. 

Christine Keeler Charlotte Spencer
Charlotte Spencer

Charlotte Spencer was directed by Richard Eyre as Jane Banks in the original West End production of Mary Poppins.  Previously she was seen on stage in Olivier! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.   Most recently she has been seen on screen in Les Miserables.  Her other screen credits include Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and Wild Bill directed by Dexter Fletcher.  Her television credits include Mr Selfridge, Genie in the House, Hotel Babylon and Five Days.  Spencer voiced the title role in the animation Angelina Ballerina.  

Mandy Rice-Davies Charlotte Blackledge
Charlotte Blackledge

Charlotte Blackledge trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Charlotte most recently took part in the The Woman in White workshop, playing Laura, with Maria Friedman and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Credits whilst training include; Mrs Scragg/Pinweed in The Wish, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Martha in Spring Awakening, Richard II in Richard II, Bakers Wife in Into The Woods and Angel City 4 in City of Angels. Charlotte is delighted to be making her West End debut in Stephen Ward.

Lord Astor Anthony Calf
Anthony Calf

Anthony Calf can currently be seen playing Victor Prynne in Jonathan Kent’s production of Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre. His other theatre credits include My Fair Lady for Sheffield Theatres, Death and the Maiden at the Harold Pinter Theatre, The Deep Blue Sea for Chichester Festival Theatre, Les Parents Terribles for the Donmar Warehouse, as well as The White Guard, The Power of Yes, Gethsemane, Betrayal, The False Servant and The Madness of George III all for the National Theatre and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Neverland and My Night with Reg all for the Royal Court. On television his credits include Restless and Upstairs Downstairs and regular roles in New Tricks and Holby City. His film credits include Straightheads, Anna Karenina and The Madness of King George.

John Profumo Daniel Flynn
Daniel Flynn

Daniel Flynn’s more recent theatre credits include Bracken Moor for the Tricycle Theatre, 55 Days for the Hampstead Theatre, Richard II and Translations for the Donmar Warehouse, Emperor and Galilean andThe White Guard for the National Theatre, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline and Camelot for Regents Park Open Air Theatre, The Weir and I Am Yours for the Royal Court and A Small Family Business for the Chichester Festival Theatre.  Amongst his television credits are Room at the Top, Vera, The Bill, Murder in Mind, The Peter Principle, After Life, Murder Room and The Choir.

Valerie Hobson Joanna Riding
Joanna Riding

Joanna Riding was recently directed by Richard Eyre in The Pajama Game for the Chichester Festival Theatre. Her other theatre credits include Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Lend Me A Tenor  at the Gielgud Theatre, Fear and Misery for the Royal Court, An Ideal Husband for the Royal Exchange Theatre and The Witches of Eastwick and My Fair Lady both at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.  For the National Theatre her credits include Oh, What a Lovely War!, Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music and Carousel.  Riding has twice won the Olivier for Best Actress in a Musical – once for Carousel and then again for My Fair Lady.   Her television work includes Stella, Holby City, Heartbeat and Where the Heart Is.

Murray's Girl/Brwonwen Amy Griffiths
Amy Griffiths

Amy graduated from The Guildford School of Acting in 2007. Film credits include Les Miserables, Tom Hooper. Theatre credits include: Martha, The Pajama Game, Chichester Festival Theatre, u/s Beatie & Popham, The Magistrate, The National Theatre, Mags, Jubilee Street, Theatre 503, Irene & Follies girl, Crazy For You, Regents Park Open Air Theatre & Novello, Lucinda & u/s Witch, Into the Woods Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Princess Ariella/Margo, Betwixt! King’s Head. National Tours include Lina Lamont, Singin’ In the Rain, UK Productions, Usherette/Lick Me Bite Me, The Producers, David Ian. Workshops include Wind in the Willows, Stiles & Drew, The Last of the Maharajah, Paul Foster, Some Sunny Day, Tim Sheader, Soapdish, Stiles & Drew. Amy is also a voice over artist & has recorded for Sky Movies, Panasonic, Thumbs Up Productions, MTV & many more.

Ensemble Carl Saderson
Carl Saderson
Theatre credits include- Pajama Game and The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre) My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible and National Tour), Ragtime, Midsummer Nights Dream and Hello Dolly! (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Crazy For You( Regents Park Open Air Theatre and Novello Theatre), Hairspray( National Tour), Sweet Charity( Menier Chocolate Factory), Cats (New London Theatre and National Tour), Doctor Doolittle (National Tour) Acorn Antiques The Musical! (Haymarket Theatre and National Tour), The Phantom of the Opera (West End and National Tour), The Mikado (Savoy Theatre) Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria), The Mikado, The Merry Widow, HMS Pinafore ( Opera Della Luna), Peter Pan(West Yorkshire Playhouse), Panama Hattie( Barbican), Camelot (Covent Garden Festival). Television- Victoria Wood Christmas Special and Acorn Antiques The Musical ! Trained at The Mountview Theatre School and National Youth Theatre Of Great Britain.
Murray Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell

West End includes: Wicked; Betty Blue Eyes; The Phantom of the Opera 25th; Hairspray; Too Close to the Sun; Anything Goes; My Fair Lady; The Witches of Eastwick; Fame; Elvis; Buddy; Peter Pan – The British Musical and What a Performance. Off West End includes: Sweeney Todd; HMS Pinafore and The Project. Regional and Touring includes: Oklahoma!; 42nd Street; Guys and Dolls; Jolson & Co.; The Mikado; South Pacific; Cats; Chicago; The Phantom of the Opera; Jesus Christ Superstar; The Wizard of Oz; Romeo and Juliet and Aspects of Love. Television and Film include: Les Misérables; The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Celebration; The Spadesman; Buddy; Driving Safely; The Royal Variety Performance; Surprise, Surprise; Children in Need and Blue Peter. Workshops include: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; Stephen Ward; The Little Prince; Bumblescratch; Brother Can You Spare A Dime and Any Questions. Original Cast Recordings include: Peter Pan; Buddy; Too Close to the Sun; Bush Tales; Betty Blue Eyes and The Phantom of the Opera 25th.

Murray's Girl Emily Squibb
Emily Squibb

Emily trained at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in 2013. Theatre credits whilst training include : Cinderella in Into the Woods, Carmen in Curtains, Movin’ in Time and The Spirit of Life. Stephen Ward marks Emily’s professional debut.

Murray's Girl/Mariella Emma Kate Nelson
Emma Kate Nelson
Emma Kate started her career at the age of 12 playing Jenny in Aspects Of Love in the west end’s Prince Of Wales Theatre and has been in all aspects of the entertainment world. Her theatre credits include Phyliis in 42nd Street at Chichester Festival Theatre, starred in The Enchanted Pig which played a season at The Linbury studio of the Royal Opera House and transferred to the New Victory Theatre New York to great acclaim. Emma Kate scored a personal success in Street Scene which played two seasons at The Young Vic and U.K tour. A season at The Open Air Theatre Regents Park included Maisie in Ian Talbot’s acclaimed production of The Boy Friend and Susie in Gershwins Lady Be Good. She was also seen in Zeffirelli’s film Jane Eyre.
Murray's Girl Helen Ternent
Helen Ternent

Helen trained at Phil Winstons Theatreworks. Theatre credits include: We Will Rock You (Vienna), understudy Carmen, Iris & Lambchops in Fame (UK Tour), Sharpette/understudy Sharpay in High School Musical 2 (UK Tour), Lou Anne in Hairspray (UK Tour), Aladdin (The Grand, Wolverhampton), Three Musketeers (Theatre Des Westerns, Berlin), Cinderella (Charter Theatre, Preston). Most recently Helen was Swing/Assistant Dance Captain in the original cast of Viva Forever! (Piccadilly Theatre).

Eugene Ivanov Ian Conningham
Ian Conningham

Theatre includes: All That Fall (Jermyn Street & Arts Theatre), Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre) The Rivals (Haymarket Theatre & No 1 tour), Inherit The Wind (Old Vic), His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep), Animal Farm (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Gone With The Wind (New London), The Giant (Hampstead), Take Flight (Menier Chocolate Factory), Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC), Hot Mikado (The Watermill), Sugar (Wolsey Ipswich & Clywd), Sleeping Beauty (Wolsey Ipswich), Alfie (Watford Palace), The Railway Children (Nottingham Playhouse & Peacock), Lion, Witch & The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Wind In The Willows, (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Silver Sword (Nottingham Playhouse), Dream Dealer (Bridewell Th.) Oh What A Lovely War (Theatr Clwyd), Return To The Forbidden Planet (National Tour), Jumpin Jack Flash (Liverpool Everyman) Tv Includes: Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz/BBC Worldwide), EastEnders (BBC), Henry IV (BBC/Neal Street/Productions/NBC Universal),Hotel Trubble (BBC),The Bill (ITV), Casualty 1909 (BBC), Courtroom (Mersey TV), Brookside (Mersey TV) Film: The Muppets…Again!, Millions, Going Off Big Time, Posthaste

President Ayub Khan Jason Denton
Jason Denton
Jason trained at Italia Conti Academy. Jason has just finished a season at The Leicester Curve in HELLO DOLLY, PIAF and reprising his role as Joe Soap in HOT STUFF. Other theatre includes: SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME (UK tour), BRITAIN’S GOT BHANGRA (UK Tour), HOT STUFF (Curve Theatre, Leicester), I WAS LOOKING AT THE CEILING AND THEN I SAW THE SKY (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), JOSEPH & HIS AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT (UK Tour), SLEEPING BEAUTY (Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford) and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Complete Works Theatre Co). Workshop: ALFRED FAGON PROJECT (Bristol Old Vic), FREEWORLD (Theatre Royal Stratford East) Jason is thrilled to be making his West End debut in STEPHEN WARD.
Boothby John Stacey
John Stacey

John most recently appeared as Max Ganzenlicker in PAJAMA GAME (Chichester). Previous credits include TOP HAT (Aldwych), SCROOGE (UK Tour), Bernie in LEND ME A TENOR (Theatre Royal, Plymouth and Gielgud Theatre); ME AND MY GIRL (Sheffield Crucible), HELLO DOLLY (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), VICTORIA WOOD CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2009 (BBC), FAME (UK Tour), MAMMA MIA! (International Tour), GUYS AND DOLLS (UK Tour), ACORN ANTIQUES THE MUSICAL (Theatre Royal Haymarket), ANYTHING GOES (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), MY FAIR LADY (National Theatre and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), HARD TIMES (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), LES MISERABLES (Palace Theatre), the original cast of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (London Palladium), GUYS AND DOLLS (National Theatre), the original cast of MARTIN GUERRE (Prince Edward Theatre), CATS (New London) and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (London Palladium), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA and HIGH SOCIETY (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park).

Rawlinson Julian Forsyth
Julian Forsyth

Theatre includes: The Woman in Black, Wicked, Gone With The Wind, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, St Joan, The Blue Angel, Les Miserables, Martin Guerre (all West End); Cyrano de Bergerac, The Miser (Chichester); Birtwistle’s Down By The Greenwood Side (ROH); Tangier Tattoo (Glyndebourne); The Wizard of Oz (RFH); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (NT); Measure for Measure, The Blue Angel (RSC); The Silver Tassie, Lulu, Scenes from an Execution (Almeida); Blue/Orange (New Vic); Salieri in Amadeus, Sweeney Todd (Derby Playhouse); Follies (Northampton); Pacific Overtures (Leicester Haymarket); Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles (Belgrade Coventry & tour); Oedipus, Tobaccoland (Royal Exchange); The Diary of Anne Frank (Birmingham Rep); Fagin in Oliver! (Sadler’s Wells, Leicester Haymarket). Television/film includes: A Touch of Frost; The Curse of Steptoe, Dalziell and Pascoe, Diamond Geezer, Footballer’s Wives, Holby City, Doctors, EastEnders, Do The Right Thing, Poirot, This is David Harper, Falstaff, Peter Warlock: Some Little Joy.

Murray's Girl/ Ronna Kate Coysten
Kate Coysten

Training; The Central School of Speech and Drama Theatre credits include; The Wizard of Oz, Sister Act and The Sound of Music (all at The London Palladium), My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal Drury Lane and National tour), Les Miserables (The Palace theatre and National tour). Kate has also appeared in The Secret Garden (Edinburgh and Toronto), The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and played the role of Jane in the National tour of Salad Days. Pantomimes include; Cinderella (The Rhodes Arts Centre), Snow White (Crawley), Dick Whittington (Cambridge Arts), Jack and the Beanstalk (Nottingham). Kate works extensively in concerts and cabarets in the UK and in The Middle East. She has also performed in A Night at The musicals, Masters of the house and The Elvis Years. She appeared in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary concert at The O2 Arena. Recordings: The Sound Of Music and Sister Act.

Peter Rachman Martin Callaghan
Martin Callaghan
Martin was born and bred in Manchester and trained at The Abraham Moss Centre. Theatre includes: The Glee Club (Cast, Doncaster), Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End), The Wizard of Oz (West End), The Sound of Music (UK Tour), Peter Pan (WYP), Fiddler of the Roof (UK Tour), The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep/WYP), Jesus Christ Superstar (West End), Sweeney Todd (Derby Playhouse), Chicago (UK Tour), Honk! (Royal National Theatre Tour), Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Crucible), Personals (West End), Black Goes With Everything (Churchill Theatre Bromley), When Pigs Fly (Arts Theatre), Great Expectations (UK Tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Aspects of Love (UK Tour), Marat/Sade (AMC), My Fair Lady (UK Tour), Chess (UK Tour). Television, Film and Recording credits include: Concrete Chariots (Granada), GBH (Channel 4), Carmina Burana (Granada) and the film of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (RUG).
Redmayne Paul Kemble
Paul Kemble
Guildford School of Acting, Principal’s Award for Musical Theatre. Theatre includes: George, Raphaello Correlli and Howard Calvert in Top Hat (original cast Aldwych Theatre and first UK tour), Stitching Doctor in Love Story (West End cast, Duchess), Willard in Sister Act (original cast, London Palladium), Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music (London Palladium), Franz in The Sound of Music (original cast, London Palladium), Major Clusper in Two Cities(Salisbury Playhouse), The Woman in White (Palace and UK movement associate on Broadway), Honey in Cinderella (Northampton Theatre Royal), Evita (Beirut), Mr Jesmond in Our House (Cambridge Theatre), Stroud in Courtenay (showcase), Sunset Boulevard (first national tour), A Little Night Music (Trinity, Tunbridge Wells) and Bernstein’s Mass (Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank). Film includes: Edmund’s Trousers, Distortions and The Canterbury Tales. Television includes: The Ian Wright Show, Blue Peter, The Royal Variety Performance, Car Boot Quest, Pantomentary and Our House. Paul would like to dedicate his performance to Katy, Robert, Sam and Molly.
Lucky Gordon Ricardo Coke-Thomas
Ricardo Coke-Thomas

Theatre includes: Narrator in 27 Club, (St Pauli Theatre); Joe in The Pajama Game, (Chichester Festival Theatre); White Rabbit/Understudy Donkey in Shrek The Musical, (Theatre Royal, West End); Richie in A Chorus Line, (Tel Aviv Performing Arts Centre); Fela (National Theatre); Lionel Ritchie in Dancing in the Streets (UK tour); Hairspray (FM Theatre Productions, Malta); Romeo and Juliet (Co- Operatic); Simply Cinderella (Leicester Curve); The Harder They Come (Barbican and Birmingham); Jack and the Beanstalk (Watford Palace); Covered and played Tyrone in Fame (Shaftesbury Theatre, West End); Simba/Ed in The Lion King (Lyceum, West End). Film includes: Gulliver’s Travels. Television includes: The Bill. Radio includes: On the Field and Soldiers. Recordings include: Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Co-Operatic) and Curly in Peter Pan (BBC Concert Orchestra).

Murray's Singer Tim Walton
Tim Walton
West End: Original London casts of Matilda, Lover Never Dies, Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Romeo and Juliet, Tonight’s The Night, The Witches of Eastwick and the National Theatre revival of South Pacific; also Starlight Express, The Woman In White and most recently Kiss Me Kate at the Old Vic, directed by Trevor Nunn and Choreographed by Stephen Mear. Other Theatre credits: Hucklebee in The Fantasticks (Jermyn St Theatre); Sherlock Holmes in The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes (Hoxton Hall); Evita (Oslo); West Side Story, The King and I (State Theatre Pretoria); Frogs, Fifty Million Frenchmen, Hollywood Pinafore (Lost Musicals); Frederick in The Parson’s Pirates, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore and Nanki Poo in The Mikado (Opera Della Luna). TV Credits: Kidnapped Abroad (RAW television/ National Geographic) Other: Directed/choreographed the South African premier of Ragtime.
John Edgecombe Wayne Robinson
Wayne Robinson
Theatre includes : Scarecrow in The Wiz (Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse), Seaweed in Hairspray (National Tour), Britney in We Will Rock You (National Tour), Simba in The Lion King (Paris), lead vocalist for The Magic of Motown (National Tour). Wayne was signed as a solo recording artist and has written and performed alongside artists such as Lulu and Lionel Richie. He also sang in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in Istanbul, has toured extensively through Europe and made numerous television appearances. Most recently : Britney in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre).
Creative
Music Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Variations and Tell Me on a Sunday later combined as Song & Dance, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game (now called The Boys in the Photograph), The Woman in White and Love Never Dies. He composed the film scores of Gumshoe and The Odessa File and a setting of the Latin Requiem mass. His awards include seven Tonys, three Grammys including Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, two International Emmys, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship and the Kennedy Center Honor. He currently owns six London theatres, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Palladium.
Book & Lyrics Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton

Christopher Hampton has written extensively for stage, television and film. With Don Black he wrote the book and lyrics for Sunset Boulevard and Dracula the Musical. His plays include When Did You Last See My Mother?, Tales from Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Philanthropist, White Chameleon, The Talking Cure and Appomattox which received its world premiere last year at the Guthrie Theatre. Hampton was Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre where he also worked as the company’s Literary Manager. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov and Yasmina Reza. Hampton wrote the libretto for the opera Appomattox, composed by Philip Glass. His work as a screenwriter includes Carrington, The Honorary Consul, Dangerous Liaisons, Total Eclipse, The Quiet American, Mary Reilly, Atonement and A Dangerous Method. Hampton is the winner of numerous awards worldwide for his work in both film and theatre, and in 1999 he was made a CBE.

Book & Lyrics Don Black
Don Black

Don Black has worked extensively in the theatre and film industry. He has previously collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Tell Me On A Sunday, Aspects of Love and Sunset Boulevard, the latter also with Christopher Hampton. His other theatre credits include Billy, Bar Mitzvah Boy, Bombay Dreams, Dracula the Musical and Bonnie and Clyde. Black has contributed songs to many films including Born Free, The Italian Job, Dance With Wolves, Out of Africa, True Grit, To Sir, With Love and five James Bond films. As well as Lloyd Webber, he has previously collaborated with John Barry, Quincy Jones, Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Michael Jackson, Michel Legrand and Marvin Hamlish amongst others. His work has received numerous awards internationally, in 2007 he was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and in 1999 he was awarded the OBE.

Director Richard Eyre
Richard Eyre

Richard Eyre was Director of the National Theatre from 1988 – 1997. Subsequently he has directed productions including The Crucible on Broadway, Mary Poppins and Private Lives both in the West End and on Broadway, Quartermaine’s Terms in the West Endand The Pajama Game for Chichester Festival Theatre. Eyre will direct his own adaptation of Ghosts later this year for the Almeida Theatre where he last directed The Dark Earth and the Light Sky. On television his credits include Changing Stages, the BAFTA awardwinning Tumbledown and Henry IV Parts 1 and II for the BBC’s 2012 Shakespeare Season. His film credits include Iris, Stage Beauty and Notes on a Scandal. As well as being awarded many times for his film and theatre work, Eyre was knighted in 1997.

Set & Costume Design Rob Howell
Rob Howell
Rob Howell’s work in theatre includes The Observer; Her Naked Skin, The Reporter, Buried Child, Chips With Everything, Troilus and Cressida, Money, Battle Royal and Howard Katz for the National Theatre; Matilda the Musical (also West End and Broadway), The Shakespeare Review, The Painter of Dishonour, Little Eyolf, Richard III, and The Family Reunion for the RSC; Simpatico, Hard Fruit, and Real Classy Affair for the Royal Court; Tartuffe, The Government Inspector, Vassa, Conversations after a Burial, Lulu (also at the Kennedy Center, Washington), Faith Healer, The Lady from the Sea and Hedda Gabler (also at the Duke of York’s Theatre) for the Almeida; Philadelphia, Here I Come, Habeas Corpus, The Fix, How I Learned to Drive, True West, The Glass Menagerie (also at the Comedy Theatre) and Proof for the Donmar; Deathtrap, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Private Lives, Tom & Clem, Tell Me On A Sunday, The Caretaker and Our House in the West End; Ghost the Musical in Manchester, the West End and Broadway; The Graduate in the West End, Australia and on Broadway; Sunset Boulevard on UK Tour; True West at the Circle in the Square, New York; Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs at Hampstead Theatre and in the West End; Betrayal at the Theatre D’atelier, Paris, and on Broadway; Simply Heavenly at the Young Vic; Peter Pan at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; Julius Caesar at the Manchester Royal Exchange; Eddie Izzard tours in 1998 and 2000; Endgame at the Albery Theatre, Bash at the Trafalgar Studios, Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre and Broadway, Lord of the Rings at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Toronto; A Flea In Her Ear, Inherit The Wind, The Norman Conquests (also on Broadway), Speed the Plow and Complicit at the Old Vic; The Last Cigarette at Chichester Festival Theatre and The Trafalgar Studios; Private Lives and Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Vaudeville and most recently Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Theatre. His opera credits include Turn of the Screw for the Welsh National Opera and Sophie’s Choice for the Royal Opera House and Carmen for The Metropolitan Opera in New York which opened on New Year’s Eve 2009. Rob has received numerous Oliver and Tony nominations and has been awarded Oliviers for Best Set Designer in the years 2000 and 2006. For Matilda the Musical this year he won Drama Desk, Outer Critic’s Circle, Oliver and Tony awards.
Choreography Stephen Mear
Stephen Mear
Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre), Shoes Director and Choreographer (Sadlers Wells Theatre, The Peacock Theatre), Me and My Girl (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket) – Olivier Award Nomination for best choreography. Hello Dolly, Gigi (Regents Park) – Received Olivier Award for best Choreography in 2010 for Hello Dolly, as well as OlivierAward for Best Musical. Mary Poppins (joint choreographer with Matthew Bourne, London, Broadway, UK tour, US Tour and Australia) – Received Olivier Award for best Choreography, Tony Award and Drama Desk nomination for best Choreography, LA Drama Circle Critics Award for best Choreography 2010 and in 2011 the Helpmann award in Australia for Best Choreography.The Little Mermaid (Broadway). For Chichester Festival Theatre: She Loves Me (Director and Choreographer), Music Man, Funny Girl, How to Succeed, Putting it Together, The Grapes of Wrath Just So (North Shore Music Theatre USA) Sinatra (London Palladium and UK tour) – Olivier Award Nomination for best choreography. On The Town (ENO, Paris), Acorn Antiques (London and UK Tour), Tonight’s the Night(Victoria Palace Theatre), Anything Goes (National Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane) – Olivier Award for outstanding Musical Production. Singing in the Rain (Yorkshire Playhouse, National Theatre and Tour) – Olivier Award Nomination for best choreography. Witches of Eastwick (joint choreographer with Bob Avian, London and Australian Tour), The Three Musketeers (Rotterdam), Honk! (Japan and Singapore) Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House), Stepping Out, Smoking With Lou Lou and Half a Sixpence (Yorkshire Playhouse), Soul Train (London and UK Tour) – Olivier Award Nomination for best choreography. Of Thee I Sing (Bridewell Theatre), A Little Night Music (Japan), Bouncers and Women In Love (Derby Playhouse), Shakers (Northampton/Windsor), Love Off The Shelf (Harrogate /Nuffield), Snoopy (Watermill, Newbury), Grease (Athens Greece), She Loves Me (Canada), Ruthie Henshall in Concert (London and Tour)
Lighting Design Peter Mumford
Peter Mumford

Recent theatre includes: King Kong (Global Creatures/Australia); Old Times, Top Hat, Jumpy, Absent Friends, Much Ado about Nothing, The Lion In Winter, The Misanthrope, An Ideal Husband, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, Prick Up Your Ears, A View From the Bridge (West End); Circle Mirror Transformation, In the Republic of Happiness, Love and Information, Jumpy, Our Private Life, Sucker Punch, Cock, The Seagull, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Dying City (& set) (Royal Court Theatre); Scenes from an Execution; Twelfth Night, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Reporter, The Hothouse (National Theatre); The Dark Earth and the Light Sky (Almeida); Heartbreak House (Chichester Festival Theatre); Bull, A Taste of Honey, Betrayal (Sheffield Crucible); A Streetcar Named Desire (Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis); set and lighting design for Mojo (Theatre-Rites); The Last of the Duchess (Hampstead Theatre). Opera and Dance credits include: Madama Butterfly, Faust, Carmen, Peter Grimes, 125th Gala (New York Met); Eugene Onegin (LA Opera); The Soldier’s Taleand Pierrot Lunaire (Chicago Symphony); Passion (Minnesota Opera); The Damnation of Faust, Lucrezia Borgia, Madam Butterfly, Bluebeard’s Castle (English National Opera); La Cenerentola (Glyndebourne); Carmen (also set design), Petrushka (Scottish Ballet); Faster, E=mc2, Take Five (Birmingham Royal Ballet); Il trovatore (Paris); Fidelio, Two Widows, Don Giovanni, The Ring (Scottish Opera); Midsummer Marriage (Chicago Lyric Opera); Eugene Onegin and The Bartered Bride (Royal Opera House). Currently directing/designing a concert version of The Ring Cycle for Opera North. Co-directed and designed sets/lighting for L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Opera Zuid). Awards include: 1995 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for The Glass Blew In (Siobhan Davies) and Fearful Symmetries (Royal Ballet), 2003 Olivier Lighting Award for The Bacchai (National Theatre). Knight of Illumination Award 2010 for Sucker Punch at the Royal Court.

Sound Design Paul Groothuis
Paul Groothuis

Born in Holland Paul studied Stage Management at Central School of Speech and Drama. He joined the National Theatre in 1983 where he designed the Sound for over 120 production during his time there, leaving in 2000 Becoming Freelance in 2000 Paul continued to work throughout the world on a variety of genres. Including Dance, Music, Film and Theatre, both plays and musicals Paul was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2013 for his work on Sweeney Todd (Chichester and London 2012) Paul is an Associate (Sound) at Chichester Festival Theatre and a Creative Associate at Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company Credits include: Anything Goes (NT & Drury Lane); His Dark Materials; Edmond; Henry V; The Coast of Utopia; My Fair Lady (NT & Drury Lane, UK & US tour); Hamlet (1987); The Oedipus Play; Summerfolk; The Merchant of Venice; The Rose Tattoo; Rafta Rafta; Candide; Oklahoma! (NT, Lyceum & Gershwin, New York); Oh, What a Lovely War!; A Little Night Music; Lady in the Dark; Guys and Dolls; Sunday in the Park With George; Sweeney Todd (NT;, The King and I (London Palladium, UK tour); Endgame (Albery); Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!; Dorian Gray; The Car Man; Edward Scissorhands; Highland Fling; Cinderella; Carousel (NT, West End, Tokyo); Oliver! (Palladium, Drury Lane, UK Tour); Mary Poppins (UK, Holland & USA Tour); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Marguerite (West End and Tokyo); The House of Bernarda Alba; Buried Child; Henry IV Parts I & II; Acorn Antiques; Hamlet (NT 2011); All My Sons (NT.West End);The Cherry Orchard (2011); Children’s Hour; Flare Path; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Loyalty. Kiss Me Kate, Sweeney Todd (2012), Pajama Game(Chichester 2013), Old Times (Pinter Theatre 2013) Neville’s Island (Chichester 2013). Future Projects include, two plays at Hampstead theatre and the re-opening season at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Video & Projection Design Jon Driscoll
Jon Driscoll
Jon Driscoll studied Cinematography at the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield and Theatre Design at Croydon College of Art. He is a technical associate of the Royal National Theatre. Theatre: The Effect, The People, Last of the Haussmans, Travelling Light, Earthquakes In London, The Power of Yes, Nation, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Observer, Gethsemane, Her Naked Skin, Fram, A Matter of Life and Death, The Reporter (National Theatre); ENRON (Headlong); Separate Tables, The Last Cigarette (Chichester); Richard III, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Complicit (Old Vic); Brief Encounter (Kneehigh); The Lightning Play, Whistling Psyche (Almeida); Frost/Nixon (Donmar); Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve); From Here to Eternity, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ghost – The Musical, The King’s Speech, The Wizard of Oz, Love Never Dies, Dirty Dancing, On the Third Day, Glorious, When Harry Met Sally, Our House, Up For Grabs, Dance of Death (West End) and Chaplin – The Musical (Broadway). Dance: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden). Concerts/Events: The Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall); Blade Runner (Secret Cinema). Awards: Drama Desk award and Tony award nomination for Ghost – The Musical, Drama Desk nomination for Chaplin – The Musical, Obie award and Olivier award nomination for Brief Encounter, Olivier award nominations for Enron and Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.
Musical Supervisor Graham Hurman
Graham Hurman
Recent credits include: Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator for the CATS UK Tour, Musical Supervisor for The Wizard of Oz – Toronto and US Tour. Musical Director for The Wizard of Oz, London Palladium. Prior to that he was the Musical Director of Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane having opened the show in January 2008 with Rowan Atkinson and Jodie Prenger. Other theatre credits include: Cats, Hamburg – Assistant Musical Director, Starlight Express, Germany – Musical Director, Starlight Express, US Tour – Music Associate, Saturday Night Fever, US Tour & Las Vegas – Music Associate, Starlight Express, 1st National UK Tour -Original Musical Director, Cats, 25th Anniversary UK Tour -Original Musical Director and actress Honor Blackman’s one-woman show, Wayward Women as Musical Director and Piano. Most recently he worked with Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas in preparation for their performance at the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables at the O2 Arena. Recordings include: Musical Director and Conductor The Wizard Of Oz (2011 Original Cast Recording) and Conductor for Love Never Dies (DVD additional orchestral sessions). Musical Director and Conductor for the 2002 German Cast Recording of Starlight Express and was featured in the television series The Passions Of Girls Aloud for ITV2 conducting Kimberly Walsh singing “On My Own” from Les Misérables. Graham also conducted the 2009 live cast recording of Oliver!

13/01/14

“STEPHEN WARD is risky, rewarding and quite surprisingly superb”.

“Epic – and, unabashedly, so very theatrically so. Wondrous”.

 

Read the full Broadwayworld.com review here

 

30/12/13

“…the ultimate London guilty pleasure”.

 

Read Adam Moscoe’s full Huffington Post review here

 

21/12/13

“A moving and powerful musical, Stephen Ward is a sophisticated cocktail of sex, spies and politics”

 

Stephen Ward Review- West End Wilma 5/5

 

Read Sarah Holland’s full review here.

 

20/12/13

“This is a powerful musical not about revolution but about defeat and decay and it is well worth seeing”.

Read Quentin Letts’ full review here.

Stephen Ward Review – The Daily Mail 4/5

 

20/12/13

 

“The show is stuffed full of Lloyd Webber’s trademark stirring music, which plucks obstinately at the emotions”.

Read Fiona Mountford’s full review here

Stephen Ward Review – Evening Standard 4/5

 

20/12/13

Stephen Ward Review – The Telegraph 4/5

 

“…Richard Eyre’s fluent production tells the story of Ward’s downfall with a bracing mixture of humour and indignation. The show begins with a sung prologue in which the osteopath is discovered as a waxwork in the chamber of horrors at Madame Tussaud’s, with Hitler on one side of him and the acid bath murderer on the other.

The show sharply captures the mood and atmosphere of the early Sixties, in which formality, snobbery and deference were giving way to greater freedom…”

Read Charles Spencer’s full review here.

 

30/9/13

Andrew Lloyd Webber has launched his latest musical about one of the biggest scandals of the 1960s – the Profumo Affair.

Stephen Ward the Musical Press Launch

The 1963 sex scandal shook the government of the day to its core and sparked a public debate about morals, but the new musical also claims one its central figures was made into a “scapegoat”. The star of the show is Stephen Ward, an osteopath who treated and socialised with many of the rich and famous peo

ple of the day. Ward also had a reputation as a high-society fixer, and at one party he introduced one of his protegees, Christine Keeler, to the War Secretary John Profumo. Read the article in full at ITV.com/news

 

STEPHEN WARD Educational Information

STEPHEN WARD provides curriculum opportunities for students at KS5 and degree level, as well as those reading contemporary history or studying musical theatre. It covers a broad range of themes, including politics, morality, ambition, honesty, power and integrity.

Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Christopher Hampton and Don Black, and directed by Richard Eyre, the musical centres on Ward’s involvement with the young and beautiful Christine Keeler and their chance meeting in a West End night club, which led to one of the biggest political scandals and most famous Trials of the 20th century.*

Educational Groups are bookable through the Groups number 0844 847 2512

For Educational groups of 10+ the best available seats are reduced to £25 (incl. £1.25 levy). This rate is valid for Monday – Thursday performances, from Tue 3 December to Thu 27 February (excl Thu 19 Dec), subject to availability.

Please click here to access the STEPHEN WARD education notes.

*Stephen Ward contains swearing and features references to sex and some nudity so recommended for older students of 14+ years

The Scandal That Shook Society

STEPHEN WARD the musical is based on the events surrounding the infamous 1963, Profumo Affair.

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.

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.

The Profumo Affair was a national crash-course in sex education. It shook the foundations of a society that was based on snobbery, deference, sexual hypocrisy, primitive notions of guilt and punishment, anxious panicky attempts at banning and censoring, blackballing and whitewashing.  It rocked the British Establishment and changed the course of British politics.  It also wrecked several lives, and killed its scapegoat – Stephen Ward. Visit STEPHEN WARD the musical‘s website for a complete history & timeline of events.

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