The Audience

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Gielgud Theatre (London, )
(Piccadilly Circus) Shaftesbury Avenue
London,
Schedule
West End, Winter 2013
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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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@theaudienceplay - 06/15/2013 12:49pm Best of luck to our cast on their final night, and a big thank you to all fans and followers for such royal support! @theaudienceplay
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@theaudienceplay - 06/14/2013 04:54am RT @Emma_Dawson1: @theaudienceplay Watched at the cinema last night, it was fantastic! all the cast are amazing! so glad i got to see it.
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Lady Thatcher Death To Be Marked By THE AUDIENCE Writer; BILLY ELLIOT Goes Ahead As Written
by BWW News Desk - April 8, 2013

BWW:UK has learnt that the author of The Audience, Peter Morgan, will be making a short speech at the start of this evening's performance to mark the passing of former prime minister Lady Thatcher, who died today. (more...)

Helen Mirren to Continue Royal Run as the Queen in THE AUDIENCE on Broadway, Spring 2014?
by BWW News Desk - March 28, 2013

According to the Daily Mail, Helen Mirren will star as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience when it transfers to Broadway this time next year. (more...)

Oliviers Reaction: THE AUDIENCE Producers 'Delighted' With Five Nominations!
by BWW News Desk - March 26, 2013

The Audience, Peter Morgan's new play about the Queen's meetings with her prime ministers, has been nominated for five Olivier Awards this year. (more...)

Lizzy the Corgi is Replaced in THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - March 11, 2013

Lizzy the corgi, the dog in West End's The Audience, was replaced just days before opening night at London's Gielgud Theatre because she would not obey stage directions. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE AUDIENCE, Gielgud Theatre, March 6 2013
by BWW - March 7, 2013

Much of the furore surrounding Peter Morgan's The Audience concerns Helen Mirren's triumphant return to the role for which she won the Academy Award, in the movie The Queen (also scripted by Morgan), and rightly so; her performance is a tour de force, a master class of both voice and physicality (more...)

Review Roundup: THE AUDIENCE Starring Helen Mirren
by Review Roundups - March 6, 2013

The Audience began previewing at the Gielgud Theatre on 15 February 2013, with press night on 5 March 2013 and is booking to 15 June 2013. Designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti, music by Paul Englishby and video by Ian William Galloway. (more...)

Helen Mirren on Returning as the Queen in THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - March 5, 2013

Helen Mirren returns to the stage as The Queen in the world premiere of Peter Morgan's The Audience, with 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. Mirren recently chatted with BBC News about returning to the role in the new piece and you can watch the full interview HERE. (more...)

Photo Flash: Back as The Queen! First Look at Helen Mirren, Michael Elwyn and More in THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - February 28, 2013

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. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production below. (more...)

Edward Fox Replaces Robert Hardy in THE AUDIENCE Due to Injury
by BWW News Desk - February 26, 2013

The producers of The Audience today confirm that after Robert Hardy's sad recent withdrawal through injury, the role of Winston Churchill in Peter Morgan's new play will now be played by Edward Fox. (more...)

Robert Hardy Withdraws from THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - February 25, 2013

The producers of The Audience today announced Robert Hardy's decision to withdraw from the production. Hardy, 87, recently suffered a fall and cracked some ribs, yet continued to perform at all of the preview performances last week. Over the weekend he has decided that a schedule of eight performances a week over a long run is not sustainable and he has therefore reluctantly decided to stand down. The Producers would like to thank Robert Hardy for his extraordinary contribution to the production and they wish him a speedy recovery. (more...)

Helen Mirren Stars in THE AUDIENCE, Beginning Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - February 15, 2013

Joining Helen Mirren as The Queen in the world premiere of The Audience are Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy 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. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Helen Mirren as 'The Queen' in THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - February 14, 2013

Joining Helen Mirren as The Queen in this world premiere are Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy 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. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Helen Mirren, Michael Elwyn and More in Rehearsals for West End's THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - February 1, 2013

The Audience will preview at the Gielgud Theatre from 15 February 2013, with press night on 5 March 2013 and is currently booking to 15 June 2013. Designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti, music by Paul Englishby and video by Ian William Galloway. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at rehearsals below. (more...)

THE AUDIENCE, Starring Helen Mirren, Draws Advance of 2 Million But Must End June 15
by BWW News Desk - January 31, 2013

According to the Daily Mail, Helen Mirren has begun rehearsals for Peter Morgan's The Audience, about Elizabeth II. The play has already drawn a box office advance of 2 million, but regardless of popularity, The Audience must end its engagement on June 15 due to the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Private Lives, set to begin at the Gielgud Theatre on June 22. (more...)

THE AUDIENCE Adds Preview Performances
by BWW News Desk - January 22, 2013

Two further preview matinee performances (16 and 27 February 2013 at 2.30pm) have been scheduled for Stephen Daldry's production of Peter Morgan's The Audience. (more...)

Michael Elwyn, Nathaniel Parker and More Join Helen Mirren in THE AUDIENCE - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - November 30, 2012

Joining Helen Mirren as The Queen in the world premiere of Peter Morgan's The Audience are Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown and Rufus Wright as David Cameron, alongside the previously announced Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy as Winston Churchill and Paul Ritter as John Major. Final casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

Nathaniel Parker Cast as 'Gordon Brown' Opposite Helen Mirren in THE AUDIENCE at Gielgud Theatre, Spring 2013
by BWW News Desk - November 29, 2012

According to the Daily Mail, Nathaniel Parker has been cast as Gordon Brown opposite Helen Mirren as the Queen in Peter Morgan's play The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre. Preview performances begin Feb. 15, with the show's opening slated for March 5, and the run ending June 15, 2013. (more...)

Photo Flash: Poster Released for THE AUDIENCE with Helen Mirren
by BWW News Desk - November 5, 2012

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Haydn Gwynne has been cast as Margaret Thatcher opposite Helen Mirren as the Queen in Peter Morgan's play The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre. Preview performances begin Feb. 15, with the show's opening slated for March 5, and the run ending June 15, 2013. Check out the just-released poster art for the show below! (more...)

Haydn Gwynne, Robert Hardy and Paul Ritter Join Helen Mirren in THE AUDIENCE at Gielgud Theatre, Spring 2013
by BWW News Desk - November 1, 2012

According to the Daily Mail, Haydn Gwynne has been cast as Margaret Thatcher opposite Helen Mirren as the Queen in Peter Morgan's play The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre. Preview performances begin Feb. 15, with the show's opening slated for March 5, and the run ending June 15, 2013. (more...)

Helen Mirren to Star as 'Queen Elizabeth II' in THE AUDIENCE at Gielgud Theatre, Feb 15-June 15
by BWW News Desk - September 20, 2012

According to the Daily Mail, Helen Mirren will once again play the role of Queen Elizabeth II, though this time onstage in the play The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre. (more...)

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