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Stephen Daldry directs Kristin Scott Thomas in Peter Morgan’s new play The Audience which was a sell-out show with Helen Mirren at The Gielgud.
As queen 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 play 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.
Running time2 hours 15 minutes including interval
Performance datesThe Audience at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April 2014, with press night on 5 May 2015 and is booking to 25 July 2015
PLEASE NOTE: Kristin Scott Thomas will not be appearing in the matinee performance of The Audience on 27th June 2015!!!
Venue InformationApollo TheatreShaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ
Last Chance To See The audience Starring Kristin Scott Thomas As The Queen
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22 Jun, 2015 | By Jacob Porteous
Reviews / Features
Review: The Audience Is Superb Theatre With A Faultless Performance From Kristin Scott Thomas
While Helen Mirren receives plaudits on Broadway, including a Tony nomination, for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth ll in Peter Morgan's play, Kristen Scott Thomas has what some might consider the unenviable task of taking over the role for a new West End run of The Audience. To say that she rises to occasion is something of an understatement.
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PRESS RELEASE: Stephen Daldry To Direct Kristin Scott Thomas In The Audience, Ticket On Sale Now!
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, with press night on 5 May 2015 and is booking to 25 July 2015. The Audience tickets on sale today (31 October 2014). The Audience has designs by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby. Further casting to be announced.
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