Andrew Lloyd Webber is the latest name to join the line-up for The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival this weekend. Andrew is appearing with Geoffrey Robertson QC in the Profumo affair event, ‘Stephen Ward was Innocent, OK’, on Saturday 4th October at 9 pm.
Andrew has detailed knowledge of the Profumo affair, having written the musical Stephen Ward and presented a TV documentary about him. Stephen Ward was centred on his involvement with Christine Keeler and their chance meeting in a West End night club that led to one of the most sensational political trials of the 20th century.
Literature Festival Director Jane Furze said: “Andrew Lloyd Webber is a fantastic addition to the Literature Festival programme, which already boasts a stellar line-up. Andrew’s interpretation of this notorious scandal will offer a fascinating dimension to the event and I’m sure audiences will be keen to ask him questions about his writing process for Stephen Ward.”
As well as Stephen Ward, Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of musicals including, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Evita, Tell Me On A Sunday, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Beautiful Game, The Woman in White, Love Never Dies and is currently working on a stage musical of the movie School of Rock.
His awards include seven Tonys, three Grammys including Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, two International Emmys, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship and the Kennedy Center Honor.
Andrew is replacing Mandy Rice Davies who has unfortunately had to withdraw due to unforeseen circumstances.
For tickets, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com or call 0844 880 8094.