Joining Helen Mirren
as The Queen in this world premiere are Michael Elwyn
as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne
as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy
as Winston Churchill
, Richard McCabe
as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker
as Gordon Brown
, Paul Ritter
as John Major
and Rufus Wright
as David Cameron
. The Equerry is Geoffrey Beevers and the role of Young Elizabeth will be played by Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber and Nell Williams.
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 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.
The Audience is produced in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
For tickets or more information, visit: theaudienceplay.com
Photo Credit: Johan Persson
Helen Mirren and Stephen Daldry