February 13, 2015
Stepehen Daldry’s production of The Audience starring Kristen Scott Thomas as The Queen has announced full casting.
Joining Kristin Scott Thomas in a new and updated version of Peter Morgan’s The Audience are David Calder as Winston Churchill, Mark Dexter as David Cameron, Michael Gould as John Major, Gordon Kennedy as Gordon Brown, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Margaret Thatcher, David Robb as Anthony Eden and Nicholas Woodeson as Harold Wilson. David Peart plays the Equerry, Charlotte Moore will play Bobo MacDonald and Private Secretary, Marnie Brighton, Madeleine Jackson-Smith and Izzy Meikle-Small will alternate in the role of Young Elizabeth and Matt Plumb and Harry Feltham will play the footmen.
The Audience will play at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April 2015.
December 31, 2014
Acclaimed stage and screen actress Kristin Scott Thomas has been recognised in the 2015 New Year honours list.
The celebrated actress, who recently starred in Electra at the Old Vic and will shortly star as The Queen in Peter Morgan’s revival of his play The Audience at the Apollo Theatre in April, will be made a dame.
Actor John Hurt, one of the most prominent screen actors of his generation, has also been honoured with a much overdue knighthood for work including The Elephant Man, Midnight Express and The Naked Civil Servant.
Joan Collins has also been awarded a damehood, for all of her charitable and philanthropic work, under the diplomatic and overseas honours list for 2015.
Other West End figures to be honoured in the New Year list include CBEs for Meera Syal MBE who is currently starring in David Hare’s new play Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre, the Southbank Centre’s artistic director Jude Kelly, opera and theatre director Richard Jones and Chief Executive of the Arts Council England, Alan Davey.
Actors and actresses in the list include James Corden and Sheridan Smith, both of whom get an OBE. The pair starred together in TV comedy Gavin and Stacey and both have impressive stage and screen credits including Corden’s current Hollywood movie of Sondheim’s Into the Woods and his award-winning stage role in Richard Bean’s One Man Two Guvnors, and Smith’s screen work in recent ITV drama Cilla and acclaimed West End roles including Legally Blonde The Musical.
Actress Emily Watson is also honoured with an OBE.
Two prominent theatre designers are celebrated on the list, with Olivier Award winner Es Devlin getting an OBE for work that includes Chimerica and forthcoming West End transfer The Nether, and an MBE for theatre designer Tom Piper who designed the Poppies installation at the Tower of London and is an RSC associate designer.
Theatre creatives honoured include OBEs for Barrie Rutter, founder and artistic director of Northern Broadsides, Jeanetta Laurence, associate director of the Royal Ballet, Joseph Seelig, co-Founder of the London International Mime Festival and Faith Liddell, director of the Festivals Edinburgh; Also MBEs for outgoing artistic director of the Curve Theatre in Leicester, Paul Kerryson, Graeme James Phillips, artistic director of the Unity Theatre and John Woolf, Head of Music at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
December 17, 2014
First Look at Kristin Scott Thomas as Her Majesty The Queen, in The Audience at the Apollo Theatre
A photo has been released of Kristin Scott Thomas in costume as Queen Elizabeth II, ahead of the opening of The Audience at the Apollo Theatre.
This new version of Peter Morgan’s play will be directed by Stephen Daldry and run at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April 2015 to 25 July 2015.
The play originally starred Helen Mirren, who is to open the drama on Broadway in February 2015.
Kristin Scott Thomas is current starring in Electra at the Old Vic, until 20 December 2014.
For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses 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. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign to today. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.
Photo by Jason Bell.
November 17, 2014
The nominees have been announced for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014
The Evening Standard has revealed the nominations for its forthcoming 60th Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
This year’s awards ceremony will be staged for the first time at the London Palladium, in a bigger-than-usual ceremony to mark the award’s diamond anniversary .
The awards ceremony, to be held on 30 November 2014, will be hosted by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and co-hosted by Evening Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev and fashion industry heavyweights Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour and Burberry chief creative and CEO Christopher Bailey.
Geared towards the starry end of West End Theatre, this year’s awards celebrate some of the highest profile performances of 2014.
In the best actress category major stars vying for the award are Gillian Anderson, for A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic, Helen McCrory for Medea at the National Theatre, Billie Piper for Great Britain at the National Theatr, Kristin Scott Thomas for her current performance in Electra at the Old Vic, and Tanya Moodie for her performance in Intimate Apparel at the Park Theatre.
A rather short shortlist for best actor sees Tom Hiddleston, who starred in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse, nominated alongside Ben Miles for his performance in Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre and Mark Strong in A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic, which transfers into the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre next year.
The nominations for the best play gong are Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage at the Park Theatre, The James Plays by Rona Munro at the National Theatre, King Charles III by Mike Bartlett at the Almeida and currently at the Wyndham’s Theatre, and The Nether by Jennifer Haley at the Royal Court and soon to be transferring to the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Best director nominees are Stephen Daldry for Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre, Yaël Farber for her production of The Crucible at the Old Vic Theatre, Jeremy Herrin for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre and Ivo van Hove for A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic.
The most promising playwright award shortlist includes Barney Norris for Visitors at the Arcola, Dan O’Brien for The Body Of An American at the Gate Notting Hill and Beth Steel for Wonderland at the Hampstead Theatre.
The best musical category sees Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse battle against Here Lies Love at the National Theatre, The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic and now the Garrick Theatre, and Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead and now the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Design nods go to Bunny Christie for Emil And The Detectives at the National, Es Devlin for American Psycho at the Almeida, Mark Henderson for his lighting on Kate Bush’s Before The Dawn concert at the Eventim Apollo and Ashley Martin-Davis for Wonderland at Hampstead.
Finally, the emerging talent award nominations go to Matthew Beard for his performance in Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre, John Dagleish for his performance in Sunny Afternoon, currently at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Robert Hastie for directing My Night With Reg at the Donmar Warehouse and soon to be at the Apollo Theatre, and Laura Jane Matthewson for her performance in Dogfight at the Southwark Playhouse.
Surprise omissions from this year’s shortlist include Richard Armitage for his performance in The Crucible at the Old Vic, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for the musicals category , Simon Russell Beale for King Lear at the National Theatre, Imelda Staunton for Good People, Matt Smith for American Psycho and Angela Lansbury for Blithe Spirit.
Four further special awards will be presented on the night.
October 31, 2014
Peter Morgan’s hit play The Audience is to be revived in London starring Kristin Scott Thomas
Stephen Daldry’s acclaimed production of The Audience is to have a major West End revival, coming to the Apollo Theatre in London from 21 April 2015.
Kristin Scott Thomas, who is currently starring in Ian Rickson’s hugely successful revival of Electra at the Old Vic Theatre, will follow Helen Mirren in the role of the Queen.
The show will preview at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April 2015, with press night on 5 May 2015 and is booking to 25 July 2015.
This new, updated version of Peter Morgan’s play sees Stephen Daldry return to directing duties, plus designs by Bob Crowley, lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby.
The play looks at the weekly audiences that Queen Elizabeth II has held with each of her twelve Prime Ministers over the last sixty years. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses 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. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign to today. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.
Further casting is to be announced shortly.
The show has proved a huge draw for its Broadway run at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre starring original West End lead Helen Mirren as The Queen. The play runs in New York from 17 February 2015.
Stephen Daldry will be in Broadway to direct both The Audience and a Broadway revival of David Hare’s play Skylight at the John Golden Theatre starring Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard at the same time.
More about Kristin Scott Thomas
Multi award-wining theatre and film actor Kristin Scott Thomas has recently opened to great critical acclaim in the title role in Sophocles’ Electra at the Old Vic. Previously she has been seen in the West End in Ian Rickson’s productions of The Seagull, Betrayal and Old Times, Jonathan Kent’s production of As You Desire Me and Michael Blakemore’s production of Three Sisters, both for the Playhouse Theatre in London. Her extensive film credits include Sous Ton Emprise, Une Femme Parfaite and Nowhere Boy as well as Only God Forgives, Bel Ami, Salmon Fishing in Yemen, Easy Virtue, The Other Boleyn Girl, Gosford Park, The Horse Whisperer, The English Patient, Mission Impossible, Angels & Insects and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
More about Peter Morgan
Peter Morgan is an international award-winning writer for stage, screen and film. As well as receiving Oscar and BAFTA nominations for his screenplay for Stephen Frears’ The Queen starring Helen Mirren, Morgan won a host of international awards including Golden Globe, British Independent Film and Evening Standard British Film Awards. The award-winning Frost/Nixon received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic before being adapted into an Academy Award®-nominated film of the same name. The film garnered five Oscar nominations, including Best Screenplay. His many other film credits include the award-winning The Last King of Scotland, The Damned United and Rush. His extensive television credits include the critically acclaimed The Deal – the first part of Morgan’s Tony Blair Trilogy (BAFTA Award for Best Drama), The Special Relationship and Longford.
More about Stephen Daldry
Stephen Daldry most recently directed the sell-out West End production of David Hare’s Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre. In 2013 he directed the world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience with Helen Mirren. Daldry started his career at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre and directed extensively in Britain’s regional theatres. In London he was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. He has also directed at the National Theatre, the Public Theatre in New York and transferred many productions both to Broadway and the West End. His hugely successful 1992 National Theatre production of An Inspector Calls recently toured the UK. Daldry has also directed for BBC Radio and Television. His production of Billy Elliot the Musical is currently playing in London and on tour across the US having previously played on Broadway, in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago and Toronto. His four films Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close together received 19 Academy Award® nominations and two wins. His latest film, Trash, premiered at the Rio Film Festival earlier this month. Daldry was Creative Executive Producer of Ceremonies for the London Olympic Games.
October 31, 2014
Kristin Scott Thomas stars as The Queen in a major new revival of Peter Morgan’s acclaimed play The Audience at the Apollo Theatre
A major West End revival of The Audience is coming to the Apollo Theatre in London.
The acclaimed play by The Queen writer Peter Morgan charts the 60 years of weekly audiences Queen Elizabeth II has granted her Prime Ministers. From young mother to grandmother, The Audience reveals the extraordinary arc of the second Elizabethan Age.
Hollywood and stage star Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient, The Horse Whisperer and Four Weddings and a Funeral) plays the Queen in this new version of Peter Morgan’s critically acclaimed play.
Directed once again by Stephen Daldry, the production starts previews at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April and plays a strictly limited season until 25 July 2015.
Following Helen Mirren’s portrayal of The Queen in the 2012 West End production, which is about to open on Broadway, now London audiences have the chance to experience this critically acclaimed, smash-hit show once again.
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.
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.
Kristin Scott Thomas is an acclaimed film and stage actress. She is currently appearing at the Old Vic Theatre in Ian Rickson’s five star production of Electra. Her movie roles include The English Patient, The Horse Whisperer and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Joining Kristin will be David Calder as Winston Churchill, Mark Dexter as David Cameron, Michael Gould as John Major, Gordon Kennedy as Gordon Brown, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Margaret Thatcher, David Robb as Anthony Eden and Nicholas Woodeson as Harold Wilson. David Peart plays the Equerry, Charlotte Moore will play Bobo MacDonald and Private Secretary, Marnie Brighton, Madeleine Jackson-Smith and Izzy Meikle-Small will alternate in the role of Young Elizabeth and Matt Plumb and Harry Feltham will play the footmen.
Reviews for the 2012 West End production of The Audience
★★★★★ “What a great if faintly guilty pleasure this play proves” Telegraph
★★★★ Evening Standard
October 2, 2014
Reviews round-up of Electra at the Old Vic starring Kristin Scott Thomas
The reviews are in for Electra, which opened last night at the Old Vic Theatre starring Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra, Jack Lowden as Orestes, Amanda Drew as Chrysothemis and Diana Quick as Clytemnestra.
And apart from the Daily Mail, they are raves pretty much across the board, particularly the Indie and Telegraph who lavish five stars on the production, notably Scott Thomas’s performance.
The production is directed by Ian Rickson and adapted by Frank McGuinness.
Read reviews below from the Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent and more.
October 1, 2014
Production photos of Electra at the Old Vic Theatre starring Kristin Scott Thomas
Opening tonight (1 October 2014) at the Old Vic, Ian Rickson directs Kristin Scott Thomas in Sophocles’ tragedy Electra.
Performed in the round, Rickson and Scott Thomas reunite following their acclaimed revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times.
Adapted by Frank McGuinness, this new production features Hollywood actress Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra, Olivier and Ian Charleson Award winner Jack Lowden as Orestes, Amanda Drew as Chrysothemis and Diana Quick as Clytemnestra.
Photos by Tristram Kenton
June 24, 2014
Kristin Scott Thomas to be joined by Diana Quick and Jack Lowden in Sophocles’ epic Greek drama Electra at the Old Vic Theatre.
Further casting has been announced for Ian Rickson’s new production of Sophocles’ tragedy Electra at the Old Vic Theatre.
Joining Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra will be Jack Lowden as Orestes, Amanda Drew as Chrysothemis and Diana Quick as Clytemnestra. Other cast include Golda Rosheuvel, Thalissa Teixeira and Peter Wight.
Frank McGuinness’ adaptation of this Greek classic starts at The Old Vic in the round on 22 September 2014.
MORE ABOUT THE CAST
Kristin Scott Thomas plays Electra
Read more about Kristin Scott Thomas here.
Amanda Drew plays Chrysothemis
Amanda is well known on television as Dr. May Wright in EastEnders, and more recently for her role as Cate in Broadchurch, as Jacqui Whitehead in Southcliffe, Life of Crime, Switch, Silent Witness and Men Behaving Badly. On stage Amanda’s credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Olivia in Twelfth Night and John Gabriel Borkman at the National; Eastwood Ho!, The Malcontent, The Roman Actor, Jubilee and Love in a Wood for the RSC and Love and Information, Enron, The Stone, Faces in the Crowd and The Ugly One at the Royal Court. Films include Elfie Hopkins & The Gammons, This Year’s Love, The Other Man and Mrs Dalloway.
Jack Lowden plays Orestes
Jack has recently received both the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Ian Charleson Award for his latest role as Oswald in Richard Eyre’s production of Ghosts at The Almeida and Trafalgar Studios. On stage he has also starred as Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire at the Hampstead Theatre and the Gielgud Theatre and Blackwatch at the Barbican and on tour in America. Jack’s television credits include The Tunnel, Mrs. Biggs, Blue Haven and Being Victor, while his film work includes 71 and uwantme2killhim? In 2015 Jack will appear as the poet Thomas Wyatt in the BBC television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, as well as starring in the World War I BBC drama series The Passing Bells and upcoming film Pan with Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried.
Diana Quick plays Clytemnestra
Best known as Lady Julia Flyte in Brideshead Revisited, Diana has also appeared extensively on stage in productions including Mother Teresa Is Dead, The Old Neighbourhood, The Sea and King Lear for the Royal Court, Hamlet, The Changeling and The Women Pirates for the RSC, A Map of the World, Troilus and Cressida, Tamburlaine, Plunder and Phaedra Brittanica for the National and You Never Can Tell at the Garrick. Diana has appeared regularly on television in Case Histories, Inspector George Gently, Silk, The Queen and The Woman in White among others. Her film credits include Side By Side, Mother’s Milk, Love/Loss, Revenger’s Tragedy, AKA and The Discovery of Heaven.
May 9, 2014
BBC Films has announced its new slate for the Cannes Film Festival and it includes a new film adaptation of hit play The Lady In The Van.
Maggie Smith will return to the role she immortalised on stage in 1999 as Miss Shepherd, alongside Alex Jennings – who is currently starring as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane – playing Alan Bennett.
The movie will reunite the team behind The History Boys – Bennett and director Nicholas Hytner, who also directed the stage play of The Lady in the Van. Kevin Loader, Damian Jones and Nicholas Hytner will produce.
The Lady In The Van is based on Alan Bennett’s experiences with Miss Shepherd, a homeless old woman who parked her dormobile in his drive and ended up staying for 15 years.
Other films in BBC Films’ slate includes the movie adaptation of hit National Theatre musical London Road, directed by the National’s new incoming artistic director Rufus Norris. The film documents the events of 2006 when the quiet town of Ipswich was hit with the murder of five women, and stars Olivia Colman, Tom Hardy, Anita Dobson, Linzi Hateley, Nicola Sloane, Clare Burt and the entire cast of the National’s hit production. Filming has just completed on the movie, which will be the first film distributed by the National’s NT Live division.
Pride, which is directed by theatre director Matthew Warchus (Matilda The Musical), and is set to open in the UK on 12 Setpember 2014. The film stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Andrew Scott and Paddy Considine, and is a comedy inspired by the true story about a group of gay and lesbian activists who decide to raise money to support the families of striking miners in 1984.
WEST END STARS
A number of other BBC Films include recent and forthcoming West End stars including:
- Carey Mulligan (currently in rehearsals with Bill Nighy in David Hare’s Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre), in Far From The Madding Crowd adapted for the screen by David Nicholls
- Kristin Scott Thomas (playing Electra at the Old Vic this autumn) and Michelle Williams (currently starring in Cabaret on Broadway) in Suite Française, directed by Saul Dibb
- Sir Ian McKellen starring as Sherlock Holmes and Hattie Morahan (star of recent West End and Broadway hit A Doll’s House) in Bill Condon’s A Slight Trick of The Mind
- Bill – a film comedy about Shakespeare starring the cast of BBC TV’s Horrible Histories