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Stephen Daldry directs Kristin Scott Thomas in Peter Morgan’s new play The Audience which was a sell-out show with Helen Mirren at The Gielgud.

As queen 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 play 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 News

Stephen Daldry’s production will preview at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April 2015, with press night on 5 May 2015 and is booking to 25 July 2015. The Audience has designs by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby.

With Christmas just round the corner and this weekend set to be the busiest shopping day of the year, you can beat the crowds and gift the joy of theatre to those you love this Christmas, there really is a show for everyone. So swap those socks for Shaw, the scarf for High Society and for the boys who never grow up there’s J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.

Kristin Scott Thomas will play the Queen in a new version of Peter Morgan’s The Audience. Stephen Daldry’s production will preview at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April 2015, with press night on 5 May 2015 and is booking to 25 July 2015. The Audience tickets on sale today (31 October 2014). The Audience has designs by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby. Further casting to be announced.

London Theatre News

Kristin Scott Thomas has begun her reign over the West End, starring as The Queen in the West End revival of Peter Morgan’s The Audience. The play, which premiered in the West End in February 2013 starring Helen Mirren, is now in previews at the Apollo Theatre. The piece has been adapted especially for Scott Thomas who recently starred in Electra at the Old Vic.

The Old Vic Theatre has announced the productions for the inaugural season of new Artistic Director Mattew Warchus.

Matthew Warchus' new season at the Old Vic will feature an eclectic program ranging from a newly-adapted Ibsen classic starring Ralph Fiennes to the world premiere of new musical Groundhog Day with new commissions including a stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, a dance production and a series of Variety Nights embracing The Old Vic's history and its roots in music, dance and vaudeville.

Two Dames, gorgeous gowns and a sing-along – A new panto? No, I’m talking about the Olivier Awards.

After a glittering evening, the winners are in and what an exciting evening it was at the annual Olivier Awards.