Stephen Ward - casting announced
CASTING has been announced for the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, Stephen Ward, which opens at the Aldwych Theatre on December 19, 2013, following preview performances from December 3.
The line up includes Alexander Hanson (as Stephen Ward), Charlotte Spencer (Christine Keeler), Charlotte Blackledge (Mandy Rice Davies), Anthony Calf (Lord Astor), Daniel Flynn (John Profumo), Joanna Riding (Valerie Hobson), Ian Conningham (Ivanov), Chris Howell (Murray), Ricardo Coke Thomas (Lucky Gordon) and Wayne Robinson (Johnny Edgecomp).
They are joined by 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.
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, directed by Richard Eyre, 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 was last on stage as Pilate in the recent UK Arena Tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. His other musical theatre credits include Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music (pictured) (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End and Broadway); Otto in Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket), for which he was Olivier-nominated; Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music (London Palladium), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Candide (National Theatre) and Sunset Boulevard (Adelphi Theatre).
His other theatre work includes Copenhagen and The Merchant of Venice (National Theatre), Talking to Terrorists (Royal Court Theatre) and Hay Fever and Translations (Chichester Festival Theatre). He has also appeared on screen in Party Animals, The Last Detective II, Rosemary and Thyme and Heartbeat.
Charlotte Spencer was previously directed by Richard Eyre when she played Jane Banks in the original West End production of Mary Poppins. She has also appeared on stage in Olivier! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Her screen credits include Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, Wild Bill directed by Dexter Fletcher and, most recently, Les Miserables (film); Mr Selfridge, Genie in the House, Hotel Babylon and Five Days (TV). Spencer also voiced the title role in the animation Angelina Ballerina.
Charlotte Blackledge, who trained at Central School of Speech and Drama, is making her professional stage debut in Stephen Ward.
Anthony Calf can currently be seen playing Victor Prynne in Jonathan Kent’s production of Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre. His other theatre credits include My Fair Lady (Sheffield Theatres), Death and the Maiden (Harold Pinter Theatre), The Deep Blue Sea (Chichester Festival Theatre), Les Parents Terribles (Donmar Warehouse), The White Guard, The Power of Yes, Gethsemane, Betrayal, The False Servant and The Madness of George III (National Theatre) and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Neverland and My Night with Reg (Royal Court Theatre).
His screen work includes Restless, Upstairs Downstairs, New Tricks and Holby City (TV); Straightheads, Anna Karenina and The Madness of King George (film).
Daniel Flynn’s more recent theatre credits include Bracken Moor (Tricycle Theatre), 55 Days (Hampstead Theatre), Richard II and Translations (Donmar Warehouse), Emperor and Galilean and The White Guard (National Theatre), Twelfth Night, Cymbeline and Camelot (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Weir and I Am Yours (Royal Court Theatre) and A Small Family Business (Chichester Festival Theatre).
On television, he has appeared in Room at the Top, Vera, The Bill, Murder in Mind, The Peter Principle, After Life, Murder Room and The Choir.
Joanna Riding was recently directed by Richard Eyre in The Pajama Game for Chichester Festival Theatre. Her other theatre credits include Billy Elliot the Musical (Victoria Palace Theatre), Lend Me A Tenor (Gielgud Theatre), Fear and Misery (Royal Court Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Royal Exchange Theatre) and The Witches of Eastwick and My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). For the National Theatre her credits include Oh, What a Lovely War!, Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music and Carousel.
Riding has twice won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical – for Carousel and My Fair Lady. Her television work includes Stella, Holby City, Heartbeat and Where the Heart Is.
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