Andrew Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward to Shutter March 29 at West End's Aldwych Theatre
By Mark Shenton
Stephen Ward, Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical with book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, is to shutter at the West End's Aldwych Theatre March 29, after a run of less than four months.
The musical, which features Alexander Hanson in the title role, Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler and Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice Davies, is directed by Richard Eyre with set and costume designs by Rob Howell, lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Paul Groothuis, projection design by Jon Driscoll and choreography by Stephen Mear.
It began West End performances Dec. 3 prior to an official opening Dec. 19. In late January the musical announced that it would extend its booking through May 31. A cast album preserves the score.
In a press statement, co-producer Robert Fox commented, "I am very proud of the show and our wonderful company. Andrew has never been afraid to embrace difficult and challenging subject matters and Ward’s strong and compelling story highlights a serious miscarriage of justice. The piece set out to explore his fascinating life as a piece of serious theatre which has now been told to a new generation. The strong critical reviews commend what I think is possibly Andrew's best score in years, paired with some of the finest writing and lyrics Don and Christopher have ever delivered. I am very sad to see the show close in London but firmly believe this piece will be seen by many audiences in the future."
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 847 2379 or visit stephenwardthemusical.com
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