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Profumo "fixer" is star of new Lloyd Webber musical

The swinging 60s is a decade celebrated for music and fashion. But away from Carnaby street, there was another word on everyone's lips: Scandal. In 1963 it emerged the secretary of State for War John Profumo was having an affair with Christine Keeler, the mistress of a Soviet Spy.

It became one of the biggest political scandals of modern times. Now an Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical based on the Profumo Affair is about to open in London. Sharon Thomas was given a sneak preview.


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Andrew Lloyd Webber has been speaking to Sharon Thomas about his latest production Credit: Sharon Thomas/ITV London

Sharon Thomas has been to meet Andrew Lloyd Webber and speak to him about his new production Stephen Ward, a musical about the Profumo Affair of the 1960s.

Watch at 6pm to find out why he was inspired to tell the story of the man who introduced call-girl Christine Keeler to War Secretary John Profumo

Profumo fixer is star of new West End musical

A man at the centre of the 1960s Profumo affair is to be immortalised in a new West End show by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Stephen Ward was the alleged high-society "fixer" who, it's said, introduced call-girl Christine Keeler to War Minister John Profumo, who resigned over the scandal 50 years ago.

Watch our archive video below from March 1963, in which Stephen Ward backs John Profumo's denials about his affair with Christine Keeler.

It was later revealed that Profumo was lying, and that he had been seeing Keeler, who was also sleeping with a Russian naval attache.

Stephen Ward was arrested in June 1963 and charged with living off immoral earnings, as well as with a separate charge of procuring prostitutes. He took a fatal overdose the night before his trial finished.