Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Stephen Ward confirms West End closure

Charlotte Spencer and Charlotte Blackledge in Stephen Ward. Photo: Nobby Clark.
Charlotte Spencer and Charlotte Blackledge in Stephen Ward. Photo: Nobby Clark.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical, Stephen Ward, will close in the West End following a run of less than four months.

Stephen Ward, which had been booking until May at the Aldwych Theatre, will now close on March 29. The show opened at the Aldwych on December 19, following previews from December 3.

The show has a book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, with music by Lloyd Webber. It is directed by Richard Eyre and is produced by Robert Fox Limited and the Really Useful Group.

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.”


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  1. It’s a shame as although I’m not a massive ALW fan I do applaud his attempt at trying to attempt something fresh in musical form. It seems to be going the same way as ‘Betty Blue Eyes’ a brilliant new musical which didn’t have a decent run. It seems the audience want films turned into musicals, which are the worst thing to happen to the West End and show little or no imagination!

  2. I don’t think the subject matter was suitable for a musical so I’m not surprised that it is closing early. I am old enough to remember the saga at the time it was taking place. Apart from Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, who probably enjoyed the notoriety, Profumo and Ward were tragic figures. The audience would hardly leave the theatre feeling uplifted and humming the cheerful tunes!

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