Andrew Lloyd Webber - Lloyd Webber Planning Profumo Scandal Musical
Andrew Lloyd Webber is working on a new musical about British politician John Profumo's affair with the mistress of an alleged Russian spy.
The drama was played out in 1989 movie Scandal, which featured Sir Ian MCKellen as Profumo, the former Secretary of War, and Joanne Whalley as his mistress Catherine Keener. John Hurt played the alleged spy, Stephen Ward.
Lloyd Webber announced his plans to turn the 50-year-old story into a new stage spectacular during a Bbc Radio interview on Friday (24Feb12).
He said, "I'm looking for a subject at the moment and I think I've found one... Stephen Ward really intrigues me and was a fantastically interesting character. The most popular man in London who ended up with absolutely nobody after the trial and everything. I kind of think he was the fall guy."
The scandal forced Profumo to resign and damaged the reputation of Prime Minister Harold MACmillan.