Stephen Ward by Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Stephen Ward is a musical with a book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

Based on the real life events behind the 1963 Profumo Affair, the musical made its West End and world premiere at London's Aldwych Theatre in 2013.

Stephen Ward Musical - This Side of the Sky - The Royal Variety Peformance 2013


In February 2012, Webber first revealed in an interview with Chris Evans that he was considering working on a show based on the Profumo Affair. A first reading of the musical was held in London in early 2013, with its first public outing coming in March, with Milos Karadaglic performing the title song from the show on an ITV special Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years. The track was later released as a digital download.

Officially confirmed on 28 June 2013, producers announced that the initial production would play the Aldwych Theatre, with tickets going on sale immediately. The show with a budget of £2.5 million has a book with lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and is directed by Richard Eyre, with choreography by Stephen Mear, set design by Rob Howell, lighting design by Peter Mumford and sound by Paul Groothuis.

In 2014, the full libretto of the musical was published by Faber and Faber in book form.

Production history

West End (2013)

Stephen Ward began previews on 3 December 2013, at the Aldwych Theatre, London, before holding its official opening night on 19 December, booking until 1 March. 

On 6 September 2013, full casting was announced with Alexander Hanson playing the title role of Stephen Ward, Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler, Joanna Riding as Valerie Hobson, Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice Davies, Anthony Calfas Lord Astor, Daniel Flynn as John Profumo, Ian Conningham as Ivanov, Christopher Howell as Percival Murray, Ricardo Coke Thomas as Lucky Gordon and Wayne Robinson as Johnny Edgecombe. Despite initially announcing the production would extend to 31 May, the show closed on 29 March 2014, the same day as Lloyd Webber's former writing partner Tim Rice's show From Here to Eternity.  A typical London performance ran 2hrs 20mins, including one interval.


A West End original cast album, was released on 30 December 2013, featuring nineteen songs. The album released by Decca Records was originally slated for a March 2014 release, but was brought forward due to demand.

1."Human Sacrifice" 5:01

2."Super Duper Hula Hooper"1:36

3."When You Get To Know Me"3:23

4."You're So Very Clever To Have Found This"3:09

5."This Side Of The Sky"4:33


7."He Sees Something In Me"2:05

8."You've Never Had It So Good"4:41

9."Black-hearted Woman"2:20

10."Mother Russia, While We Can"4:12

11."Love Nest" 2:25


13."Give Us Something Juicy"2:47

14."Manipulation (reprise)"2:13

15."Police Interview"6:33

16."I'm Hopeless When It Comes To You"3:45

17."The Arrest"1:10

18."The Trial"5:08

19."Too Close To The Flame"

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    Name Born / Since / At Died Languages
    1Marilyn Rice-DaviesMarilyn Rice-Davies21.10.194418.12.2014en, lv, ru
    2Christine  KeelerChristine Keeler22.02.194204.12.2017de, en, fr, lv, pl, ru
    3Mariella NovotnyMariella Novotny09.05.194101.02.1983en, lv, ru
    4John HurtJohn Hurt22.01.194027.01.2017de, ee, en, fr, pl, ru, ua
    5Евгений  ИвановЕвгений Иванов14.03.192609.10.1994ru
    6Peter RachmanPeter Rachman00.00.191929.11.1962en
    7Valerie HobsonValerie Hobson14.04.191713.11.1998de, en, pl, ru
    8John  ProfumoJohn Profumo30.01.191509.03.2006de, ee, en, lv, pl, ru
    9Stephen WardStephen Ward19.10.191203.08.1963en, fr, lv, ru
    10Nancy AstorNancy Astor18.05.189702.05.1964de, en, lv, pl, ru, ua
    11Harold MacmillanHarold Macmillan10.02.189429.12.1986de, en, fr, lt, lv, pl, ru, ua
    12Бэрон НейхумБэрон Нейхумru