The Audience starring Kristin Scott Thomas Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
ABOUT The Audience
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