a play about Queen Elizabeth II and her Prime Ministers
written by Peter Morgan and starring Dame Helen Mirren
Synopsis from the official website:
The Audience | Home - World Premiere at London's Gielgud Theatre
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 is receiving rave reviews
, as is Dame Helen for her performance. It runs until 15 June at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End.
Just thought I would post about this so that any TRF members who plan to be in London over the next few months could perhaps go and see it.
If Dame Helen playing the Queen is not enough of an attraction, there are real corgis who appear onstage during the play. What more could anyone ask for?
v "The Audience" logo
reproduced for promotional purposes