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Running Time: TBC
Venue: Gielgud Theatre
Venue Directions: Take the Bakerloo or Piccadilly line to Piccadilly Circus station and exit onto Shaftesbury Avenue. The theatre is approximately 5 minutes walk.
Seating Plan: Gielgud Theatre

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About Audience

Stephen Daldry is to direct Helen Mirren in the world premiere of Peter Morgan's The Audience. Helen Mirren stars as Queen Elizabeth II with Haydn Gwynne (Billy Elliot, The Bridge Project, City of Angels) as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy (Harry Potter films, Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years) as Winston Churchill and Paul Ritter (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Norman Conquests) in the role of John Major. Further casting details to be announced.

The Audience will preview at the Gielgud Theatre from 15 February 2013, with press night on 5 March 2013 and is currently booking to 15 June 2013.

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. 


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