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The Audience

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Closed July 25, 2015

Scott Thomas holds her own against the gilded memory of Helen Mirren in this timely revamping of Peter Morgan's play

The Telegraph

Why See The Audience?

KRISTIN SCOTT-THOMAS STEPS INTO DAME HELEN'S SHOES

Peter Morgan's Olivier-winning play makes a much vaunted return to the West End in April 2015, with Kristin Scott-Thomas donning the gloves and handbag of our much-loved monarch, following Dame Helen Mirren's Olivier and Tony-winning turn. Playwright Peter Morgan has been quick to update the script following the May 2015 elections in the UK, with slight amendments introduced to ensure the play continues to reflect today's monarchy and government.

WHAT IS THE AUDIENCE ABOUT?

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace - a meeting like no other in British public life; it is totally private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, a promise that even prevents them from speaking to their spouses.

The Audience breaks this contract of silence in spectacular fashion - and cleverly imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their monarch. From Churchill through to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional that are sometimes intimate and sometimes explosive. We see Wilson confess to his early stage Alzheimer's, and Gordon Brown battling his demons, and even Major reduced to tears in her presence. In turn, the Queen can't help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases.

From a young mother to great-grandmother these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains a fixed point in history, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.

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Dates

Previews from: 21 April 2015

Opening night: 5 May 2015

Audience

The Audience is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one interval

Cast and Creative

Cast

Kristen Scott-Thomas as The Queen

David Robb as Anthony Eden

David Calder as Winston Churchill

Sylvestra Le Touzel as Margaret Thatcher

Nicholas Woodeson as Harold Wilson

Michael Gould as John Major

Gordon Kennedy as Gordon Brown

David Peart as the Equerry

Charlotte Moore as Bobo MacDonald and Private Secretary

Marnie Brighton/Madeleine Jackson-Smith/Izzy Meikle-Small as Young Elizabeth

Matt Plumb and Harry Feltham will play the footmen

Creative

Written by Peter Morgan

Directed by Stephen Daldry

Designs by Bob Crowley

Awards

2013 Olivier Award Wins

Best Actress - Helen Mirren
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Richard McCabe


2015 Tony Award Wins

The Broadway transfer won the following Tony Awards in 2015

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play - Helen Mirren
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Richard McCabe

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