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.
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 play originally ran at the Gielgud Theatre in 2013 starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II
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“Scott Thomas, considerably younger than Mirren, has a more playful and frostier edge about her... More fluent and less poignant.”
“Scott Thomas is certainly regal: elegant, refined, chin lifted and nose looked down... Her slicing comic subtlety is a treat. ”