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Kristin Scott Thomas plays HM The Queen in the return of The Audience to London's West End, to the Apollo Theatre

As queen 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 play 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. 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.

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Helen Mirren, meanwhile, will reprise her role in a Broadway production of the show.  

The Audience is directed by Stephen Daldry, whose West End credits include Billy Elliot the Musical and An Inspector Calls. His films include Billy Elliot and The Hours. 

Joining Kristin Scott Thomas as The Queen in The Audience are David Calder as Winston Churchill, Mark Dexter as David Cameron, Michael Gould as John Major, Gordon Kennedy as Gordon Brown, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Margaret Thatcher, David Robb as Anthony Eden and Nicholas Woodeson as Harold Wilson.  

The Audience is written by Peter Morgan, whose other plays include Frost/Nixon, which premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in 2006 before transferring to the West End, Broadway and was later made into a film. His other film credits include The Damned United, The Last King of Scotland, State of Play and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

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Additional Information

Running time

2 hours 15 minutes including interval

Performance dates

The Audience at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April 2014, with press night on 5 May 2015 and is booking to 25 July 2015

Special notes

PLEASE NOTE: Kristin Scott Thomas will not be appearing in the matinee performance of The Audience on 27th June 2015!!!

Venue Information

Apollo TheatreShaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ

Customer Reviews

54 reviews4.6

Margareta Kant29th July

It was a very entertaining performance. As a foreigner I especially liked the combination of the play and the reactions of the British audience..

Kathryn Burnside24th July

I loved the production; lovely to see something re: the queen while visiting London, since I missed the Jubilee celebrations. Great treatment of the concept and superb portrayals of counterpart characters as well. Especially moving to include Elizabeth the young girl. My favorite thing about all London theater is the great opportunity to see favorite actors. I sat in the grand circle, 28A I believe. Wish it had been marked as "view slightly obstructed" I couldn't see past the lighting unless I leaned forward. Wouldn't go back to the Apollo

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David French24th July

The production was funnier than I expected (I had not read reviews) and the second half was particularly strong in all respects. Very well judged and performed - Kristin Scott Thomas was amazing and fully deserved the standing ovation at the curtain call. Well done!

Valeria Mendiola de la Peña24th July

It was by far my best purchase for the time I was in London! Fun, interesting and incredible actors.

Christopher C S Tideman24th July

Show was fantastic. Intelligently witty all the way through. Enjoyment of evening badly spoilt by ludicrously small seat. I am 6ft5" tall and spoke to London Direct office to get seat E22 in the Dress Circle which showed on their seating plan as having no seat in front of it. Their office confirmed that this was so. I was angry to find on arrival that this was not the case and that the only possible way of sitting down was to twist sideways and put my legs in the gangway which was acutely uncomfortable. As the show was completely sold out, the theatre could not offer an alternative. This was not at all satisfactory, since the show itself was great.

Terryl Purvis-Smith23rd July

Enjoyed play. Seats so cramped my legs hurt!

Cheryl Lawrence23rd July

Brlliant script. Very funny in places and also informative

Mathias Francke23rd July

Excellent! We really enjoyed it!

Veronica Vandervliet23rd July

I really enjoyed the production. It was well written and there were some fine performances.

Margot Ely23rd July

Outstanding. Intelligent, educative and beautifully presented

Martha C Woodward23rd July

Supporting cast a surprising revelation