Kristin Scott Thomas will play the Queen in a new version of Peter Morgan’s The Audience. Stephen Daldry’s production will preview at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April 2015. Tickets are now on sale for performances until 25 July 2015.Book now to avoid disappointment.
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.
Kristin Scott Thomas made her film debut in Under the Cherry Moon in 1986,and later gained international fame in the 1990s with roles in Bitter Moon and Four Weddings and a Funeral, prior to receiving a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for The English Patient. Additional film roles include the box office hits The Horse Whisperer and Gosford Park, and a critically acclaimed turn in Philippe Claudel’s French language film I’ve Loved You So Long, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
Her recent stage roles include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (2011, Comedy Theatre), Harold Pinter’s Old Times (2013, Harold Pinter Theatre) and Sophocles’ Electra (2014, The Old Vic)
Joining Kristin Scott Thomas as The Queen 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.
Stephen Daldry’s production will preview at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April 2015, with press night on 5 May 2015 and is booking to 25 July 2015. The Audience has designs by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby.
The Apollo Theatre
Booking From: 21st Apr 2015
Booking Until: 25th Jul 2015
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Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm
This production has now closed