Helen Mirren will star in the world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre, London from 15 February 2013.
Helen Mirren has being playing monarchs ever since she played Cleopatra in a National Youth Theatre production. Since then she has won international recognition for her royals: her portrayal of Elizabeth II in The Queen, by Peter Morgan won a BAFTA, an Academy Award®, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe and her Elizabeth I fbagged her an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award.
Anyway back to The Audience. For the 60 years of her reign, Queen Elizabeth II has met every one of her 12 Prime Ministers in a regular, weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. This meeting, like no other in British public life, is completely private thanks to an unspoken agreement to never repeat what has been discussed. Not even to their nearest and dearest!
The Audience imagines a series of important meetings between various Prime Ministers and the Queen throughout her reign. From Churchill to Cameron, every PM has used these in camera conversations as a sounding board for the challanges of the day – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. But In turn, what does the Queen reveal about her own self? From young mother to grandmother she sits, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister. What can we learn from her interactions with each Prime Minister as they take it in turn to walk the political path to her door, as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases?
Joining Helen Mirren as The Queen in the world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience will be Haydn Gwynne who will play Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy as Winston Churchill and Paul Ritter as John Major.
CATS UPDATE: Michael Elwyn will play Anthony Eden, Nathaniel Parker, that nice man from Inspector Linley, will play Gordon Brown and Rufus Wright is David Cameron.
The Audience is currently booking to 15 June 2013.
It is directed by Stephen Daldry who directed Billy Elliot the Musical which is currently playing in London and on tour across the US having previously played on Broadway, in Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago and Toronto. In 2009, the production won ten Tony awards including Best Musical, more than any other British show in Broadway history.
If you are coming to see the Audience and would like to book a hotel at the same time you will need to contact the Theatre Breaks office as at the moment we are unable to offer theatre breaks for The Audience online.
If you just want to book tickets you can do so at our sister site London-show.co.uk