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New Social Media Image For STEPHEN WARD Unveiled

August 7
6:40 PM 2013

New Social Media Image For STEPHEN WARD UnveiledA provocative new social media image for the forthcoming original stage musical STEPHEN WARD by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton, directed by the esteemed Richard Eyre, has been unveiled in anticipation of the show's West End opening in a few months.

Depicting osteopath Stephen Ward working on the back of a patient in a striking black and white image, the caption reads "STEPHEN WARD, SOCIETY OSTEOPATH" along with the show's tagline: "1963. The scandal that shook society," accented by bright red framing to offset the monochrome stylization.

Additionally, the official Facebook page posted a historical footnote enormously applicable to this new promo poster today, as well: "In 1940, Stephen Ward set up as an osteopathic physician in Torquay, and later joined the Royal Armoured Corps at Bovington treating soldiers for muscle injuries and back trouble. Four years later CapT. Ward was posted to India where he treated Ghandi for headaches and a stiff neck. He moved back to the UK and soon found himself treating celebrities, politicians and the royal family..."

The official synopsis for STEPHEN WARD is as follows: "STEPHEN WARD deals with the victim of the Profumo Affair - not, as is widely supposed, John Profumo himself, the disgraced Minister for War, nor even the fatally wounded Conservative government of Harold Macmillan, but the society osteopath whose private libertarian experiments blew up in his own and everyone else's face. In a trial as emblematic to the twentieth century as Oscar Wilde's was to the nineteenth - from which he was the only protagonist to emerge with some dignity and honour. Ward became the targeted scapegoat of a furiously self-righteous Establishment. By no means a hero, he was a reluctant martyr, thanks to an unholy alliance between Press and police of a kind we can all too readily recognise today; inadvertently, he was the hinge between two worlds and the harbinger of a revolution in manners, music and morals when the ordered, stuffy, respectful universe of the fifties gave way to the classless, truculent, unstoppable sixties."

STEPHEN WARD begins previews in the West End on December 3. Check out a previous article on STEPHEN WARD here.

View a larger version of the new social media image for STEPHEN WARD below.

New Social Media Image For STEPHEN WARD Unveiled

Photo Credit: Facebook

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