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Kristin Scott Thomas to play the Queen in The Audience revival

October 31, 2014 

Peter Morgan’s hit play The Audience is to be revived in London starring Kristin Scott Thomas

The Audience to return to London in Spring 2015

The Audience to return to London in Spring 2015

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.

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BACKGROUND NOTES

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.

The Audience starring Kristin Scott Thomas

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.

THE STORY

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.

THE CAST

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.

Further cast to be announced.

REVIEWS

Reviews for the 2012 West End production of The Audience
★★★★★ “What a great if faintly guilty pleasure this play proves” Telegraph
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ Independent

The Audience to transfer to Broadway starring Helen Mirren

August 7, 2014 

Helen Mirren to return to The Queen in Broadway revival of The Audience

Helen Mirren as The Queen in the West End run of The Audience

Helen Mirren as The Queen in the West End run of The Audience

The Olivier Award-winning production of The Audience starring Helen Mirren is to transfer to Broadway.

Producers have announced that the play will run from 17 February to 28 June 2015 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York.

Penned by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry, The Audience stars Oscar-winner Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and covers the weekly audience that the Queen has with her serving British Prime Minister.

Mirren won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as The Queen in the London production of the show.

Morgan will update the script for American audiences, and it is rumoured that Tony Blair may be added to the line up of Prime Ministers that already includes Churchill and Cameron.

Bob Crowly is to design the show, with lightning by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby. Producers are Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

Further casting to be announced.

MORE ABOUT THE AUDIENCE

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.

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The Audience Broadway website
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Reviews of Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre

June 13, 2014 

A round-up of reviews for Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy.

Carey Mulligan in Skylight

Carey Mulligan in Skylight

Skylight is currently in previews at the Wyndham’s Theatre with a first night scheduled for 18 June 2014. The show is running until 23 August.

Stephen Daldry directs a starry cast for his revival of David Hare’s 1995 play, with Carey Mulligan playing Krya Hollis, Bill Nighy as Tom Sergeant and Matthew Beard as Edward Sergeant.

It’s the first time that the play has been seen in the West End since a 1997 production at the Vaudeville.

A National Theatre Live cinema screening of the show will be broadcast on 17 July 2014 (read more).

Skylight Reviews

DAILY MAIL (13 June 2014)

Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail, who saw a preview of the play, says that Hare’s drama is “incendiary” and “hotter than I remembered when I first saw it with Michael Gambon at the National”.

In terms of the cast, Baz says that  the show features “scorching performances from Mulligan, Nighy and Beard”, with Nighy giving “the performance of his life”.

“The play stands up, too, as if it was written yesterday. It’s electrifying.”

 

MORE REVIEWS BELOW from the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent and more.

 

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Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy

June 1, 2014 

TICKET UPDATE

WE HAVE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT OF OUR ALLOCATION OF TICKETS FOR SKYLIGHT.
Check out these other great shows:
The Crucible starring Richard Armitage at the Old Vic Theatre
Richard III starring Richard Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios
King Charles III at the Wyndham’s Theatre
Electra starring Kristin Scott Thomas at the Old Vic Theatre

 

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in Stephen Daldry’s new production of David Hare’s play Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) directs a new production of David Hare’s acclaimed play Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre (6 June 2014 to 23 August 2014).

Cary Mulligan (The Great Gatsby) makes her West End debut in the play, alongside Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Matthew Beard (An Education).

The show’s designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby.

 THE STORY

Teacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan), who is eking out an existence in London, is visited on the same evening by a father and son: she had been living years earlier with the Sergeant family but left after an affair with the father, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy). The son Edward (Matthew Beard) saw her as a big sister who abandoned him and demands to know why she left in the way she did. Later, Tom arrives, her much older ex who is a successful restaurant entrepreneur. Where once they shared opinions on everything, from politics to class, now they stand divided.

THE CAST

The play features major Hollywood stars Carey Mulligan as Kyra Hollis, Bill Nighy as Tom Sergeant, alongside Matthew Beard as Edward.


Wicked The Movie gears up for production, Harry Styles tipped for Fiyero

March 5, 2014 

The hype surrounding the new movie version of hit West End and Broadway show Wicked probably didn’t need a boost.

Harry Styles - a new career in musicals?

Harry Styles – a new career in musicals?

But a boost it got when the The Sun newspaper ran gossip that One Direction’s Harry Styles has been tipped to play Fiyero in the new big-budget movie version of the musical.

The producers of the movie and the stage show, Marc Platt and David Stone, were not playing the game and refused to comment on the gossip – but it has set the interweb on fire with rumours that 1D may split, that Harry could launch himself a new acting career, or even that Mr Styles may move to musicals in the not-too-distant future.

Either way it seems that production on the Wicked movie is picking up pace, with Universal Pictures on board for distribution (their theatre division Universal Stage Productions co-produce the stage show, and they had more than a little success distributing Cameron Mackintosh’s movie blockbuster Les Miserables).

Other rumours are that Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot – the movie and musical,  is set to take the helm as director, and that Glee’s Lea Michele is under consideration for Elphaba.

Movie musicals are having a massive boost post Les Mis, with Sondheim’s Into The Woods set for release later this year (Christmas Day in the USA and 9 January 2015 in the UK) in Rob Marshall’s starry movie featuring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine amongst others.

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BILLY ELLIOT: Ruthie Henshall to join the cast

March 3, 2014 

Olivier Award winning actress Ruthie Henshall to join the cast of Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Much-loved West End and Broadway star Ruthie Henshall is to join the cast of multi-award winning musical Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Taking the role of Billy’s dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson, Ruthie will star in the show from 12 May 2014.

Billy Elliot has played for nearly nine years at the Victoria Palace Theatre and has been seen by over 9.5 million people worldwide.

Directed by Stephen Daldry with choreography by Peter Darling, the show features music by Elton John, has a book and lyrics by Lee Hall.

Also joining the cast in May is Chris Grahamson as Billy’s brother Tony and Barnaby Meredith returns to play Older Billy. Ann Emery will continue to play Grandma, with Deka Walmsley will continue as Billy’s dad.

The full cast from 12 May 2014 features: Ruthie Henshall (Mrs Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Chris Grahamson (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Howard Crossley (George) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy). They are joined by Claudia Bradley and David Muscat in their new roles as Dead Mum and Mr. Braithwaite respectively. Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Gillian Elisa, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Chris Jenkins, Charlie Martin, Alan Mehdizadeh, Steve Paget, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mark John Richardson, Mike Scott, Phil Snowden, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford and David Stoller.

The role of Billy is alternated by Elliott Hanna, Bradley Perret, Redmand Rance  and Mitchell Tobin.  Zach Atkinson, Zak Baker, and Freddie Butterfield play the role of Billy’s best friend Michael. Dayna Dixon, Demi Lee  and Millie Thornton  play Debbie.

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Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre

February 2, 2014 

Now starring Ruthie Henshall, Billy Elliot is the Olivier and Tony Award-winning musical based on one of Britain’s most successful films, and featuring songs by Elton John.

One of the most celebrated, award-winning musicals on stage today, Billy Elliot has been dazzling London’s West End since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world.

Billy Elliot now stars multi-award winning West End star Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson.

With unforgettable music by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful storyline, this astonishing theatrical experience will stay with you forever.

Now seen by over 9 million people worldwide, there’s never been a better time to see Billy Elliot the Musical.

Directed by Stephen Daldry with choreography by Peter Darling, the show features music by Elton John, has a book and lyrics by Lee Hall, who wrote the original screenplay for the hit British movie.

Billy Elliot has been running at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005 (previews from 31 March 2005, opened on 11 May 2005).

THE STORY

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

THE CAST

A hugely talented cast includes Ruthie Henshall (Mrs Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Chris Grahamson (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Howard Crossley (George) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy). They are joined by Claudia Bradley and David Muscat in their new roles as Dead Mum and Mr. Braithwaite respectively. Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Gillian Elisa, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Chris Jenkins, Charlie Martin, Alan Mehdizadeh, Steve Paget, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mark John Richardson, Mike Scott, Phil Snowden, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford and David Stoller.

 

Photos: The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre starring Helen Mirren

March 8, 2013 

Production photos of The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre starring Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren as The Queen in The Audience. Photo: Johan Persson

Helen Mirren as The Queen in The Audience. Photo: Johan Persson

Stephen Dalrdy’s production of The Audience by Peter Morgan has opened at the Gielgud Theatre in London.

Joining Helen Mirren who plays The Queen in the world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience are Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Paul Ritter as John Major, Rufus Wright as David Cameron and Edward Fox as Winston Churchill. The Equerry is Geoffrey Beevers and the role of Young Elizabeth is played by Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber and Nell Williams. David Peart plays James Callaghan who is joined by ensemble members Jonathan Coote, Ian Houghton and Charlotte Moore.

The Audience runs until 15 June 2013 at the Gielgud Theatre. Designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti, music by Paul Englishby and video by Ian William Galloway.

Photos by Johan Persson

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The Audience starring Helen Mirren – Reviews Round-up

March 8, 2013 

A round-up of reviews of The Audience starring Helen Mirren at the Gielgud Theatre.

Helen Mirren as The Queen in Peter Morgan's The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson

Helen Mirren as The Queen in Peter Morgan’s The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson

Helen Mirren follows her acclaimed on-screen performance as Elizabeth II in a new play by The Queen writer Peter Morgan, charting the 60 years of weekly audiences the Queen has granted her Prime Ministers.

Award-winning director Stephen Daldry directs Mirren and an all star cast of British Prime Ministers through the ages including Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Edward Fox as Winston Churchill, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Paul Ritter as John Major and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. The Equerry is Geoffrey Beevers and the role of Young Elizabeth will be played by Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber and Nell Williams.

Read reviews of The Audience, below, from the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Evening Standard and more.

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