But come December 2013, if ALW’s previous shows are to be anything to go by, “Stephen Ward” will be the name on everyone’s lips.
So for everyone who doesn’t know, Stephen Ward was the free-living society physician (only in the sixties could you get a “free-living society physician”) who introduced a showgirl, named Christine Keeler, to the MP, John Profumo, at a house party hosted by Lord Astor – groovy man! The infamous Prufumo Affair toppled a government and arguably set the stage for the social revolution that rocked the country and swung the swinging sixties!
And just to underline that this is NOT a dry political operetta, but a sexy, swinging musical featuring period-specific pastiches of musical styles including swing, jazz, skiffle and rock, the poster has a naked woman on it!
The other good news is that the impressive team also includes playwright Christopher Hampton and lyricist Don Black.
Casting News : No stranger to the West End actor, Alexander Hanson, who has most recently worked with Lord Lloyd Webber on the recent UK arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, plus the London Palladium revival of The Sound Of Music and Sunset Boulevard, will play the title role of Stephen Ward. He is joined by double Olivier Award winner Joanna Riding who plays Valerie Hobson, Anthony Calf as Lord Astor, Daniel Flynn as John Profumo, Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler and making her professional stage debut Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice Davies.
So how long do you have to wait? Well Stephen Ward Theatre Breaks are already available and the show opens on 03 December 2013 – just in time for Christmas.
So if you want a swinging and sexy highlight to your festive season, I suggest you look no further than the Aldwych Theatre this winter!
With discounts on the first two weeks of preview performances, theatre breaks for Stephen Ward start at just £77.50 per person including ticket, three star hotel accommodation, full breakfast, service and VAT.