Remaining time: 

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward musical looking for a home

The Aldwych Theatre, current home of current of Top Hat starring Gavin Lee, looks to be under pressure to keep the audiences coming through the doors as Andrew Lloyd Webber has been feeding the rumor mill with gossip about his macabre and very British new musical, Stephen Ward.

Stephen Ward focuses on John Profumo, a serving cabinet minister; whose private affairs with a notorious woman named Christine Keeler became very public. The pair met through Stephen Ward, an osteopath who was then accused and tried for prostitution. Following the Profumo scandal, Ward was charged with living off the profits of immoral earnings and although the charges were eventually dropped he committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping tablets on the last day of the trial.
 
Don Black and Christopher Hampton have collaborated on the project with Lloyd Webber which aims to shed some light on the events and reasons behind the political scandal that rocked the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan in the 1960’s. Depending on Top Hats longevity, Lloyd Webber has revealed that he has others on his shortlist but Aldwych Theatre is his preferred choice.
 
A pilot of the musical took place directed by the well-respected Richard Eyre and starred seasoned West End actors such as Alexander Hansen and Hal Fowler. No word has yet surfaced as to casting but one wonders what Lord Lloyd Webber has up his sleeve to ensure repeated success of his productions.
 
Perhaps Lloyd Webber will consider using the Piccadilly Theatre now that theatre has become available with the announced closure of Viva Forever.


Related news

Secret Cinema to present Stranger Things experience later this year

Posted on | By Sarah Gengenbach |

Secret Cinema is back at it again bringing an entirely new experience to London this summer. It has been announced th... Read more

Jenna Russell to star in Trevor Nunn's The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Posted on | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels |

Jenna Russell has been cast as Francesca in Trevor Nunn's new staging of The Bridges of Madison County, which ope... Read more

Everything you need to know about Secret Cinema presents Casino Royale

Posted on | By Sarah Gengenbach |

Secret Cinema is the new wave of entertainment that is taking London and the world by storm. Perhaps you’v... Read more

Follow us for instant updates and special offers

Sign up to our mailing list and be the first to hear about new West End shows and exclusive ticket discounts. We value your privacy. You can unsubscribe at any time. But we hope you won’t!