The Audience with Kristin Scott Thomas from 21 April

Peter Morgan's The Audience, directed by Stephen Daldry, returns to the West End in 2015, opening at the Apollo Theatre 5 May 2015, following previews from 21 April. Kristin Scott Thomas will play 'Queen Elizabeth II'.

The play originally ran at the Gielgud Theatre from March to June last year (2013) with Helen Mirren playing Queen Elizabeth II. A part Mirren will be reprising when the play opens next year on Broadway, New York from 17 Feb to 28 June 2015.

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.

Kristin Scott Thomas, who is currently starring as Electra at the Old Vic Theatre, is widely known for her film roles, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for 'The English Patient', a BAFTA award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', 'Gosford Park', 'Mission: Impossible', 'The Horse Whisperer', 'Bitter Moon', 'Nowhere Boy', 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' and 'Bel Ami'. Thomas is also bilingual and has appeared in French films such as 'Ne le dis à personne' (Tell No One), and received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for 'Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (I've Loved You So Long). Her most recent theatre credits include a 2007 Olivier Award-winning performance in Chekhov's 'The Seagull' (Royal Court/Broadway), and 'Betrayal' (Harold Pinter Theatre).

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