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Shaftesbury Avenue 39, London W1D 6AR

The Audience

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Closed June 15, 2013

Winner of two Olivier Awards, including Best Actress for Dame Helen Mirren!

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Another Royal Outing for Writer Peter Morgan

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace - a meeting like no other in British public life ? it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses.

The Audience breaks this contract of silence - and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional - sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can't help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases.

From young mother to 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 constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.

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Previews from: 15 February 2013

Opening night: 5 March 2013


The Audience is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one interval

Cast and Creative


Helen Mirren as The Queen
Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher
Edward Fox as Winston Churchill
Paul Ritter as John Major
Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown
Rufus Wright as David Cameron
Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden
Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson
Geoffrey Beevers as Equerry
Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber, Nell Williams as Young Elizabeth


Written by Peter Morgan
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Designs by Bob Crowley


2013 Olivier Awards
BEST ACTRESS - Dame Helen Mirren

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15 reviews, average rating: (4.5 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Kay: “Sublimely Good”

Funny, intelegent, and absolutely captivating.....Helen, is amazingly good...would... more

Janet & Paul Buck - Preston UK: “Helen Mirren in The Audience ”

Was so so lucky to get tickets for 15th Feb - what a birthday present -... more

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