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8 July 2013

Don't miss the world premiere: Tickets now on sale for new Profumo musical Stephen Ward

Tickets are now on sale for Andrew Lloyd Webber's brand new musical, Stephen Ward, which is set to receive its world premiere at the Aldwych Theatre this winter. Previews begin Tuesday 3 December, with press night 19 December, booking until 1 March 2014.

1963. The scandal that shook society.

The Profumo Affair was the scandal that shocked society in 1963. The true victim was not (as is widely supposed) John Profumo himself, the disgraced Minister for War, nor even the fatally wounded Conservative government of Harold Macmillan – but rather Stephen Ward, 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. Ward was a reluctant martyr thanks to an unholy alliance between Press and police, which is all too familiar today. The hinge between two worlds, Stephen Ward was the harbinger of a revolution in manners, music and morals when the ordered, stuffy, respectful universe of the 1950s gave way to the classless, truculent, unstoppable 1960s.

Directed by Richard Eyre, Stephen Ward features music by Lloyd Webber, the composer behind such iconic musicals as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Tell Me On A Sunday, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love and Sunset Boulevard.

The production includes book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black. With extensive work in theatre and film, Don Black previously collaborated with Lloyd Webber on Tell Me On a Sunday, Aspects of Love and Sunset Boulevard. The award-winning 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. In 2007 he was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

Academy and Tony award winner Christopher Hampton has written extensively for stage, television and film. He previously worked with both Black and Lloyd Webber on the musical Sunset Boulevard. His work as a screenwriter includes Carrington, The Honorary Consul, Dangerous Liaisons, Total Eclipse, The Quiet American, Mary Reilly, Atonement and A Dangerous Method.

Sir Richard Eyre was Director of the National Theatre from 1987 until 1997. The winner of five Olivier Awards, he's 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 End and The Pajama Game for Chichester Festival Theatre. Amongst his many directorial credits are two productions Hamlet (once with Jonathan Pryce in 1980; again with Daniel Day-Lewis in 1989); Richard III with Ian McKellen; King Lear with Ian Holm; John Gabriel Borkman with Vanessa Redgrave; and Hedda Gabler with Eve Best.

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