The Verdict: London Critics Review New Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical Stephen Ward
19 Dec 2013
Charlotte Spencer and Alexander Hanson
Photo by Nobby Clark
The world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward officially opened at the West End's Aldwych Theatre Dec. 19 following previews that began Dec. 3.
Alexander Hanson stars in the title role of Stephen Ward, the society osteopath whose rise and fall from grace in early 60s London the show charts; Ward becomes involved with the young and beautiful Christine Keeler, leading to one of the biggest political scandals and trials of the twentieth century.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.