The Audience

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Kristin Scott Thomas stars in a new version of Peter Morgan’s The Audience at the Apollo Theatre, London from 21 April 2015.

Kristin Scott Thomas has starred in many shows as well as big Hollywood films including The English Patient, The Horse Whisperer and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

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?

The play first came to London starring Helen Mirren as The Queen (it hit the headlines when she come out onto Shaftesbury Avenue in full Queen gear to shout at some noisy street drummer!)

It is directed by Stephen Daldry who directed Billy Elliot the Musical which, in 2009, won ten Tony awards including Best Musical, more than any other British show in Broadway history.

Show File

Theatre: Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EZ
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus on the Piccadilly & Bakerloo lines
Performance TimesMonday to Saturday 19.30; Wednesday & Saturday 14.30m
Opens: 9th May 2015
Booking to : 25th June 2015

The Audience starring Kirsten Scott Thomas
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