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Easily the best new musical in a decade
on 14 March 2014
Question: Why has a fabulous musical such as Stephen Ward failed to attract a full house at every performance and be pulled after such a short run? Answer: Its title! Having originally intended to go to see it in May, once the decision was made to quit at the end of this month (March), I quickly made arrangements to see a matinee performance … and having been so impressed, I've now thankfully still got time to see it again! Being of an age that I can well remember the Profumo affair, ALW's stunning musical score added to the brilliant lyrics from Don Black and Christopher Hampton made this easily the best new musical to hit the West End in a decade. Had its title included sex, scandal or political corruption, it could be running for years, but instead 'Stephen Ward' means nothing to most of London's tourists or most British youngster who would also know nothing of the political scandal that brought the then government down. The whole cast, production team and musicians must be absolutely gutted … I certainly am!