Further casting announced for The Audience
Producers of the upcoming Broadway transfer of the West End hit The Audience, starring Dame Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, have now announced further casting for the production.
Joining Mirren will be Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden (Prime Minister from 1955-1957), Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson (Prime Minister from 1964-1970 and 1974-1976), Rufus Wright as David Cameron (the UK's current Prime Minister), and Geoffrey Beevers as the Queen's Equerry. All confirmed actors are reprising their roles from the West End run.
The Audience begins previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on 17 February 2015, before officially opening on 8 March 2015 and continuing its limited engagement through to 28 June 2015.
The Audience is written by Peter Morgan, directed by Stephen Daldry, and produced by by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
The play follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 to the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It speculates on the private weekly meetings that the Queen holds with her Prime Ministers at Buckingham Palace. Morgan shows the Queen at various stages of her life alongside Prime Ministers such as Gordon Brown, Winston Churchill, David Cameron and Margaret Thatcher. Morgan is apparently contemplating adding Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair into the narrative, who didn't appear in the London production.
The creative team behind The Audience features scenice design by Tony winner Bob Crowley, lighting by Tony winner Rick Fisher, sound design by Tony winner Paul Arditti, and music by Paul Englishby.
The original London production was directed by Stephen Daldry and opened at the Gielgud Theatre on 5 March 2013, following previews from 15 February 2013. The run sold out, but was broadcast to selected cinemas around the UK and internationally as part of the NT:Live programme.
The original London cast included Paul Ritter (John Major), Nathaniel Parker (Gordon Brown), Richard McCabe (Harold Wilson), Edward Fox (Winston Churchill), Michael Elwyn (Anthony Eden), Haydn Gwynne (Margaret Thatcher), Rufus Wright (David Cameron), David Peart (Jim Callaghan), and Geoffrey Beevers (Equerry).
Helen Mirren won the 2013 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance. She also won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's 2006 film 'The Queen'. She earned Tony nominations for 'A Month in the Country' and 'Dance of Death'. Her extensive London theatre credits include 'The Seagull', 'Henry VI', 'The Roaring Girl', 'Two Way Mirror', 'Phedre' and 'Some Kind of Love Story'.Dame Helen Mirren
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