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Cast announced for The Audience at the Apollo Theatre
Further casting has been announced for Peter Morgan's Olivier nominated play The Audience which returns to the West End in 2015, opening at the Apollo Theatre on 5 May following previews from 21 April 2015, where it is booking to 25 July 2015.
Joining the previously announced Kristin Scott Thomas as Queen Elizabeth II will be David Robb as Anthony Eden, David Calder as Winston Churchill, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Margaret Thatcher, Nicholas Woodeson as Harold Wilson, Michael Gould as John Major and Gordon Kennedy as Gordon Brown.
Also announced in the cast are David Peart as the Equerry, Charlotte Moore as Bobo MacDonald and Private Secretary, Marnie Brighton, Madeleine Jackson-Smith and Izzy Meikle-Small will alternate in the role of Young Elizabeth and Matt Plumb and Harry Feltham will play the footmen.
The play originally ran at the Gielgud Theatre in 2013 starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, a part Mirren will be reprising when the play opens on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre from 17 February to 28 June 2015.
Writer Peter Morgan has reportedly updated parts of the play since the 2013 production, and is also poised to reflect the changes should Ed Miliband be elected to office in the 2015 General Election.
"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."
Directed by Stephen Daldry, the production features designs by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Rick Fisher, and sound design by Paul Arditti. It is produced in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.