Judith Ivey and Dylan Baker to Join Hellen Mirren in THE AUDIENCE on Broadway
The producers of Peter Morgan's The Audience, starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, announced today that Dylan Baker and Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, will join the Broadway company in the roles of John Major and Margaret Thatcher.
They join the previously announced Geoffrey Beevers (The Queen's Equerry), Michael Elwyn (Anthony Eden), Richard McCabe (Harold Wilson), and Rufus Wright (David Cameron). Stephen Daldry directs the limited engagement at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street. Previews begin on February 17 and opening night is March 8. It runs through June 28 2015. The rest of the 18-member company will be announced in the future, including three more Prime Ministers.
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.
Dylan Baker's Broadway credits include Mauritius, November and God of Carnage. He earned Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations for LaBête and an Obie Award for his performance in Not About Heroes. He starred in Sea of Tranquility at the Atlantic Theatre Company and Homebody/Kabul at the New York Theatre Workshop. Baker was honored with an IFP Gotham Award and an IFP West Independent Spirit Award nomination for the film "Happiness." Additional film credits include Anchorman 2; Selma; Trainwreck; Franny; The Humbling; Secretariat; Revolutionary Road; Hide and Seek; Rick; Spiderman II & III; Head of State; How to Deal; Road to Perdition; Changing Lanes, The Cell; Along came a Spider; Random Hearts; Requiem for a Dream; Celebrity; Trick 'r Treat; Simply Irresistible; Disclosure; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; The Long Walk Home; Delirious; The Hunting Party; Across the Universe; and 2 Days in New York. His TV credits include "Damages," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago PD", HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon," "Murder One," "Drive," "Book of Daniel," "The Pitts, "Feds," HBO's "The Laramie Project," "The Elizabeth Smart Story," "Kings," Political Animals" and recurring roles on "Ugly Betty" and "Burn Notice." He appears as Colin Sweeney on "The Good Wife" for which he received three Emmy Award nominations. He recently completed making his directorial debut on the feature film, 23 Blast.
Judith Ivey is the recipient of the Tony, Drama Desk, Obie, and Lucille Lortel Awards. She has been nominated for the Outer Critics' Circle, the Drama League, and Emmy Awards. She also received the Texas Medal of Arts in Theatre, as well as being inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. Judith most recently performed on Broadway in The Heiress and was nominated for her fourth Tony Award. She has appeared in five solo shows, most notably The Lady with All the Answers, portraying Eppie Lederer, better known as Ann Landers, and was nominated for a fourth Drama Desk award and the Lucille Lortel Award. Judith received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. Judith has appeared in over 40 films including Devil's Advocate, Compromising Positions, Love, Hurts, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Flags of Our Fathers, and What Alice Found. She received an Emmy nomination for "What the Deaf Man Heard." Ms. Ivey starred in four television series, the most memorable being "Designing Women" as well as several guest appearances on shows such as "Will and Grace," "Nurse Jackie," "Law and Order: SVU," and "White Collar." Judith is also a stage director with her latest production of Steel Magnolias at the Alliance Theatre this October/November.
Geoffrey Beevers, Michael Elwyn, Richard McCabe, and Rufus Wright are appearing with the support of Actors' Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance of this production.
Helen Mirren received the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, reprising her Academy Award winning role from the film The Queen, also written by Peter Morgan. The recipient of two Golden Globe, three BAFTA, three Screen Actors Guild and four Emmy Awards, Ms. Mirren has been seen previously on Broadway in A Month in the Country (1995) and Dance of Death (2001).
Tickets for The Audience are available through Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. Tickets range in price from $75 to $145 (all prices include a $2.00 facility fee). Premium seating is available.
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