The Audience

Apollo Shaftesbury Ave

The Audience

21 Apr 2015 - 25 Jul 2015

£60.00 - £23.00

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13 reviews

3.7 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

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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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“Masterfully directed by Stephen Daldry, this stage portrait of the Queen is wry and revealing... A perfect West End hit. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Scott Thomas, considerably younger than Mirren, has a more playful and frostier edge about her... More fluent and less poignant.”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Has matured like a vintage port and even been given a couple of topical tweaks... Would do perfectly well without Dame Kristin. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“It takes right-royal nerve to replace Helen Mirren in one of her most celebrated roles, yet Kristin Scott Thomas pulls it off. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Peter Morgan’s enthralling and royally entertaining play... Elegant Dame Kristin easily holds her own. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Scott Thomas is certainly regal: elegant, refined, chin lifted and nose looked down... Her slicing comic subtlety is a treat. ”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“An entertaining, ultimately touching portrait of a woman whose life has been a strange mixture of visibility and aloofness. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Still... funny, truthful, good-hearted, spiky, full of surprises... If you haven’t seen it before, do go. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Thomas, in her finest stage performance to date, expertly captures the impishness, melancholy, hauteur and wit of her character.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Amusing and at times touching portrait of a woman whose life has been dedicated to serving her nation. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Scott Thomas gives a highly accomplished performance that veers between mischievous irony and icy hauteur... ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Scott Thomas begins with icy poise and bolts on... a terrifying, all-purpose beam and a deft way with the gentle correction. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“God save Kristin Scott Thomas and Nicholas Woodeson’s impish Wilson: the rest of ’em I can take or leave. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

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