Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London, London, WC2B 4DF
Approx. capacity: 1200
The Aldwych Theatre is a West End theatre, located on Aldwych in the City of Westminster. The theatre was listed Grade II on 20 July 1971. Its seating capacity is 1,200 on three levels, a fairly large auditorium. The Aldwych Theatre is amongst the many theatres that are reported to be haunted. The Aldwych theatre opened on 23 December 1905 with a production of Blue Bell, a new version of Hicks' popular pantomime Bluebell in Fairyland. In 1906, Hicks' The Beauty of Bath, followed in 1907 by The Gay Gordons, played at the theatre. In February 1913 the theatre was used by Serge Diaghilev and Vaslav Nijinsky for the first rehearsals of Le Sacre du Printemps before its controversial première in Paris later that year. In 1920, Basil Rathbone played Major Wharton in The Unknown. From 1925-1933, it became the home of Ben Travers's farces, also known as The Aldwych Farces. Members of Travers's company included Ralph Lynn, Tom Walls, Yvonne Arnaud, Norma Varden, Mary Brough, Winifred Shotter and Robertson Hare. In 1933, Richard Tauber presented and starred in a new version of Das Dreimäderlhaus at the Aldwych under the title Lilac Time. From the mid-1930s until about 1960, the theatre was owned by the Abrahams family. On 15 December 1960, after intense speculation, it was announced that the Royal Shakespeare Company of Stratford-upon-Avon was to base its London productions in the Aldwych Theatre for the next three years. In fact they stayed for over 20 years, finally moving to the Barbican Arts Centre in 1982. Among many notable productions were The Wars of the Roses, The Greeks, and Nicholas Nickleby, as well as numerous Shakespeare productions. During absences of the RSC, the theatre hosted the annual World Theatre Seasons, foreign plays in their original productions, invited to London by the theatre impresario Peter Daubeny, annually from 1964 to 1973 and finally in 1975. For his involvement with these Aldwych seasons, run without Arts Council or other official support, Daubeny won the Evening Standard special award in 1972. In 1990-91, Joan Collins starred in a revival of Private Lives at the Aldwych. The theatre is referred to in Julio Cortázar's short story Instructions for John Howell (Instrucciones para John Howell) in the anthology All Fires the Fire (Todos los fuegos el fuego). Since 2000, the theatre has hosted a mixture of plays, comedies and musical theatre productions. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Whistle Down the Wind played until 2001, and Fame enjoyed an extended run from 2002 to 2006. From 2006 to 2011, it was the home to the British musical version of Dirty Dancing.
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"Time to can that cliché about Andrew Lloyd Webber being middle class twee. This grown-up, richly produced, strongly scored musical has timeless topicality. Bent coppers, lying parliamentarians, a bed-hopping elite and grubby newspapermen. We haven't changed much in half a century. This is a powerful musical, well worth seeing." Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
"A funny, tuneful, touching musical about sex and scandal in smart places" Georgina Brown, The Mail on Sunday
"The show is stuffed full of Lloyd Webber's trademark stirring music" Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
"Highly enjoyable. We've never seen Andrew Lloyd Webber so mischievous" Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book and Lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black
Booking Period Until 29 March 2014
Age Recommendation 14+ Stephen Ward contains swearing and features references to sex and some nudity.
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.
Set & Costume Design - Rob Howell
Lighting Design - Peter Mumford
Sound Design - Paul Groothuis
Choreography by - Stephen Mear
Directed by - Richard Eyre
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