The Audience archiveFor 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 website.


Author: Peter Morgan
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Archive listings for The Audience

Work type: Play.


Producer Nuffield Southampton Theatres. Director Samuel Hodges. Design Rosanna Vize. Sound Alexandra Faye Braithwaite. Director Annelie Powell (casting director). Performer Faye Castelow (Queen Elizabeth II). Performer Lizzie Hopley (Margaret Thatcher). Performer Bobo MacDonald (Male Prime Ministers). Performer Paul Kemp (Male Prime Ministers). Performer Sharon Singh (The Equerry). Performer Fay Burwell (Young Elizabeth). Performer Maddie Farmer (Young Elizabeth).
24 May 19 to 22 Jun 19NST City, Southampton :: V256483315
listing details L01619864518


Following the 2015 General Election Peter Morgan has updated his script for the Audience - on the day HMQ invites David Cameron to form a new Government. The updated scene between The Queen and David Cameron will be performed for the first time on May 8th 2015.Producer Matthew Byam Shaw (for Playful Productions). Producer Robert Fox. Producer Andy Harries. Director Stephen Daldry. Design Bob Crowley. Lighting Rick Fisher. Sound Paul Arditti. Performer Kristin Scott Thomas (Queen Elizabeth II). Performer David Calder (Winston Churchill). Performer Mark Dexter (David Cameron). Performer Michael Gould (John Major). Performer Gordon Kennedy (Gordon Brown). Performer Sylvestra Le Touzel (Margaret Thatcher). Performer David Robb (Anthony Eden). Performer Nicholas Woodeson (Harold Wilson). Performer David Peart (Equerry). Performer Charlotte Moore (Bobo MacDonald/ Private Secretary). Performer Marnie Brighton. Performer Madeleine Jackson-Smith (Young Elizabeth - some dates). Performer Izzy Meikle-Small (Young Elizabeth - some dates). Performer Matt Plumb. Performer Harry Feltham (Footmen).
21 Apr 15 to 25 Jul 15Apollo Theatre, West End :: V383
listing details L0657881964


Robert Hardy has withdrawn from playing the part of Winston Churchill due to injury.Producer Matthew Byam Shaw (for Playful Productions). Producer Robert Rox. Producer Andy Harries. Director Stephen Daldry. Design Bob Crowley. Lighting Rick Fisher. Design Ian William Galloway (video). Sound Paul Arditti. Performer Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth II). Performer Haydn Gwynne (Margaret Thatcher). Performer Edward Fox (Winston Churchill). Performer Michael Elwyn (Anthony Eden). Performer Haydn Gwynne (Margaret Thatcher). Performer Richard McCabe (Harold Wilson). Performer Nathaniel Parker (Gordon Brown). Performer Paul Ritter (John Major). Performer Rufus Wright (David Cameron).
15 Feb 13 to 15 Jun 13Gielgud Theatre, West End :: V395
listing details L0570541542

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