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Aldwych Theatre
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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre in London
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Owner description: There can be no other theatre in the world which has two such distinct and diverse claims to fame as the Aldwych.During the period from 1925 until 1933 the theatre housed a series of farces by Ben Travers which have gone down in history as 'The Aldwych Farces'. They included such familiar titles as A Cuckoo in the Nest, Rookery Nook, Thark, Plunder and A Cup of Kindness. Nearly 30 years later, on 15 December 1960, the Royal Shakespeare Company took over the Aldwych as its London base.During the next 21 years, prior to the company moving to its theatre in the Barbican, history was frequently made.The Aldwych is currently the residence for the Olivier & Tony award winning Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

I saw 'Stephen Ward' on the last night. It is nothing short of a disgrace that this brilliant musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber has closed. Alexander Hanson was superb, the storyline captivating with an exquisite musical score.
The only thing I can think of is that the title didn't draw people's attention as so many wouldn't know who Stephen Ward was.
Improvements I would say would have been if they had created a real swimming pool and mansion on the stage. Other than that, I enjoyed the show immensely and hope it will rise again, maybe in Melbourne, Australia as 'Love Never Dies' did.

Visited March 2014
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Great play and thought provoking. I was searching Google after watching the play to better understand the background to the play. The actors were great and you left the theatre thinking this should not have happened. The injustice, the collaboration of the estabishment against an 'innocent man'. Could this happen today? Could the Home secretary be so corrupt? Could London Poice Chief frame innocinet people? Great play, well acted and it got you thinking. Well worth a visit.

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fun but thought provoking”
Reviewed 20 March 2014

With it about to close and knocked by some professional critics, I wanted to see it and was highly delighted I did. My first impression was that Alex Hanson who was the lead as Stephen Ward was a world class singer. The top supporting actresses were superb characters who breathed life in the roles which echoed between girls wanting to have fun and a much more sleazy walk on the edge of prostitution. Lots of names dropped in to a very accurate portrayal mixed with some totally farcical depictions of police and journalists. If it is closing it is because it steps into a no-mans land which is not quite saved by sterling lead cast work. Don't take the kids as there is nudity, sexual antics and very adult comments. It is a wry humour but suits adults with a brain and that is perhaps why it hasn't attracted huge audiences?

Visited March 2014
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“Stephen Ward”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

Really enjoyed the show but can understand why it hasn't had the usual reception to an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The Profumo affair was the main news for quite a while during our university years and therefore we were very familiar with the story. The present generation will no doubt find it somewhat confusing and perhaps 'old hat' and wonder what all the fuss was about. Of course to us in the 60's it was exciting, scandalous and so risqué.
I thought the play was very well cast and Stephen Ward was excellently portrayed.
The icing on the cake for us was that I had booked a VIP package for my husband's birthday so upon arrival we were met by a charming young man who took us to our private lounge where champagne on ice awaited us plus our programmes. The room was ours for the evening so we were able to leave our coats and of course the added bonus was having our own loo so that instead of spending most of the interval queuing for the bar and the loo, we were escorted back to our private lounge where our drinks order and ice cream was waiting for us and of course no queuing for the loo.
At the end of the show another treat was in store. As we were retrieving our coats, one of the staff asked if we would like to go backstage which of course we readily accepted. What an amazing experience to walk the stage that had so recently been vacated by the cast. To see how the scenery and props were stored and to look out at the auditorium where just a short while ago we had been sitting.
A truly wonderful, wonderful evening and a birthday my husband will cherish forever.

Visited March 2014
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Holt, United Kingdom
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“Stephen Ward”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

My partner and I very much enjoyed this play. It was superb casting and the chap that plays Stephen Ward is superb. It has everything - comedy, sadness, love, scandal and it was a very entertaining evening. Highly recommended.

Visited February 2014
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