Social Media Image #3 For STEPHEN WARD Unveiled
The third social media image promoting the opening of the new Andrew Lloyd Webber/Don Black/Christopher Hampton musical STEPHEN WARD, directed by Richard Eyre, opening in the West End this December, has been released following two earlier images unveiled this week
A lewd London street scene is showcased in the attention-grabbing new promo photo for the show - including a shot of a slimy storefront advertising "Non-stop striptease - 1 P.M. to 1 A.M." Large black lettering offsets the monochrome and red-accented stylization of the layout, provocatively captioned: "STEPHEN WARD, LIVING OFF IMMORAL EARNINGS?" 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: "Following alleged police corruption, Stephen Ward was unable to appeal his conviction while he was lay unconscious in hospital."
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."
View a larger version of the new social media image for STEPHEN WARD below.