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Further Casting Update for The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre
Further casting announced for The Audience, a new play by Peter Morgan, directed by Stephen Daldry, which opens at the Gielgud Theatre 5 March 2013, following previews from 15 Feb - booking to 15 June 2013.
Michael Elwyn (Anthony Eden), Nathaniel Parker (Gordon Brown), Rufus Wright (David Cameron), join previously mentioned Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth II), Haydn Gwynne (Margaret Thatcher) Paul Ritter (John Major), Robert Hardy (Winston Churchill). Final casting to be announced soon.
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 unsspoken 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.
It is designed by Bob Crowley, sound by Paul Arditti, and produced by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
Michael Elwyn returns to the theatre having more reccenty been seen on television including The Syndicate, Da Vinci's Demons, EastEnders, Stella, Seven Lives, The Tudors. His film credits include The Iron Lady, Surveillance, Shadowman and Dot the I.
Nathaniel Parker television credits include leading roles in the BBC's adaptations of Vanity Fair, The Nuremburg Trials and Bleak House and for seven years he played the lead role in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.
Rufus Wright's theatre credits include The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre, The Empire for the Royal Court, Private Lives for Hampstead Theatre, Frost/Nixon and Mary Stuart both for Donmar Warehouse and in the West End and Journey's End at the Playhouse and Duke of York's Threatres.