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New STEPHEN WARD Social Media Image Revealed

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New STEPHEN WARD Social Media Image RevealedThe ninth social media image released in promotion of the forthcoming Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton West End musical STEPHEN WARD is now available to view, continuing to build further interest and anticipation for the Richard Eyre-directed, period-set piece.

In the new image, a stack of pages cryptically read in bold black typeface "DENNING REPORT". Large black lettering offsets the monochrome and red-accented stylization of the layout, provocatively captioned: "STEPHEN WARD, THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY?" along with the show's tagline: "1963. The scandal that shook society."

Additionally, the official Facebook page posted a historical footnote applicable to this new promo image, as well: "On September 26th 1963, Lord Denning's Report of the Profumo affair was released for sale in London. The 70,000 word report described improprieties between War Minister John Profumo and good time girl Christine Keeler. It was suggested that Stephen Ward was a threat to national security after introducing Russian Spy, Yevgeny Ivanov to Christine Keeler who then went on to have an affair with Profumo. Stephen Ward's clients and friends included Lords, Ladies, members of the Royal Family, film stars and politicians. To this day, the names of the 160 people Lord Denning spoke to have never been revealed, but the report became a best seller. The report was described as "the raciest and most readable Blue Book ever published" and sold over 100,000 copies in less than 24 hours."

View the first social media image released for STEPHEN WARD, available here, as well as the second, available here, third, available here, fourth, available here, fifth, available here, sixth, available here, seventh, available here, and eighth, available here. Subsequently, character icon images have been released, as well, available here.

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 STEPHEN WARD Social Media Image Revealed

Photo Credit: Facebook

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