Cast Album of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward Will Be Released in December

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and Mark Shenton
20 Nov 2013

Alexander Hanson
Alexander Hanson
Photo by Simon Turtle

The original London cast album for Stephen Ward, the new political musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Christopher Hampton and lyricist Don Black, will be released digitally in mid-December from Decca Records.

The single disc Decca album will arrive in stores Dec. 30. The digital download release will occur in mid-December, with an exact date to be announced. The album was initially scheduled for a March 2014 release, but will arrive earlier due to strong public interest. 

The new musical begins performances Dec. 3 prior to an official opening Dec. 19 at the West End's Aldwych Theatre. Richard Eyre directs.

Here's how it's billed: "Stephen Ward charts the rise and fall from grace of the society osteopath. Friend to film stars, spies, models, government ministers and aristocrats, his rise and ultimate disgrace coincided with the increasingly permissive lifestyle of London's elite in the early 1960's. The musical centres on Ward's involvement with the young and beautiful Christine Keeler and their chance meeting in a West End night club which led to one of the biggest political scandals and trials of the 20th century."

Alexander Hanson stars in the title role, with Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler, Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice Davies, Anthony Calf as Lord Astor, Daniel Flynn as John Profumo and Joanna Riding as Valerie Hobson.

Also in the cast are Ian Conningham as Ivanov, Chris Howell as Murray, Ricardo Coke Thomas as Lucky Gordon and Wayne Robinson as Johnny Edgecomp. Other cast members are Martin Callaghan, Kate Coyston, Jason Denton, Julian Forsyth, Amy Griffiths, Paul Kemble, Emma Kate Nelson, Carl Sanderson, Emily Squibb, John Stacey, Helen Ternent and Tim Walton.

Visit stephenwardthemusical.com.