Celebrated British photographer, Lewis Morley passed away last week at his home in Australia. Morley captured hundreds of images chronicling London's transition from the conservative 50s to the swinging 60s. One of his most enduring images was that of the young Christine Keeler, who will be played by Charlotte Spencer in Andrew Lloyd Webber's upcoming musical 'Stephen Ward' this December. The provocative image of Christine was taken in a studio above Peter Cook’s Establishment club in Soho in 1963, just yards from where Stephen Ward and John Profumo first met Christine. This chance meeting started a fascinating chain of events that lead to War Minister, Profumo's resignation, Stephen Ward's trial, allegations of living off of immoral earnings and suicide.
Alongside Charlotte Spencer at The Aldwych Theatre this December will be Alex Hanson playing society osteopath and playboy, Stephen Ward and Charlotte Blackledge as party girl Mandy Rice-Davies.
Morley donated his archives to the National Media Museum, which he personally selected. Close friends and family spent years collecting and preparing his papers, documents and images to be transferred and displayed publicly, where it could be used for academic purposes as opposed to being put on sale through auction houses around the world.