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Updated scene added to The Audience at the Apollo
Peter Morgan's Olivier nominated play The Audience which is currently running at the Apollo Theatre has announced that it has added a new scene to the drama following the election news on 8 May 2015 - the day HMQ invites David Cameron to form a new Government.
The updated scene between The Queen and David Cameron, played by Kristin Scott Thomas and Mark Dexter, will be performed for the first time at this evening's performance.
Author Peter Morgan said of the update:
"In the same week as we opened The Audience it's been particularly interesting to have experienced such a dramatic general election. This morning I have rewritten the scene in my play between The Queen and David Cameron to reflect the events of last night and this morning. Kristin Scott Thomas and Mark Dexter will be rehearsing this new dialogue this afternoon and I hope tonight's audience in particular will enjoy our immediate response to today's results."
The Audience opened officially on 5 May following previews from 21 April 2015, where it is booking to 25 July 2015.
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.
"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.