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THE SMASH-HIT PRODUCTION RETURNS TO THE WEST END
IN A NEW UPDATED VERSION FROM 21 APRIL 2015

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.

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Our Prime Ministers are in the office this morning for wig fittings with Oscar and BAFTA Award winning Wigs Maker Peter Owen. Here is Sylvestra Le Touzel being measured for her Margaret Thatcher wig to be made, which involves lots of hair pins, cling film and sellotape!
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Catch Kristin Scott Thomas's interview with Sophie Raworth on The Andrew Marr Show now on iPlayer - 38 minutes in, where she talks about her new film Suite Francaise and The Audience in the West End. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b054z7gt/the-andrew-marr-show-01032015
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Kristin Scott Thomas will be on The Andrew Marr Show tomorrow morning discussing playing the Queen in The Audience this spring. Catch it on BBC One from 9am or on iPlayer shortly after! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b054z7gt
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Have you seen the stirring and beautiful trailer for Kristin Scott Thomas's new film Suite Française, in which she stars opposite Michelle Williams and Mathias Schoenaerts? The romantic WWII drama opens in UK cinemas two weeks today and we can't wait to see it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cR0L6invGQ
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4 o'clock fact: following the recent death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in January, Queen Elizabeth is now the oldest reigning monarch in the world. Abdullah, who was 90, was two years older than the Queen, who will be 89 in April. She is one of eight octogenarian monarchs in the world, with others including the King of Thailand and the Emperor of Japan.
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And here is our new poster with Kristin Scott Thomas as the Queen in all its splendour - we hope you like it!
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Have you seen our brand new posters rolled out across the Underground this week? What do you think?
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That concludes our week of Prime Ministers following further casting announced for The Audience at the Apollo Theatre. We hope you're as delighted by our PMs as we are! For more information about these actors and the full cast, take a look at our website here http://www.theaudienceplay.com/team/
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And finally, Mark Dexter plays David Cameron, the Queen's 12th and current Prime Minister, who has been in office since 2010. No stranger to the PM, in the run up to the general election Dexter will also play David Cameron on television in a Channel 4 film, Coalition. You might also recognise him from his television work which includes 24: Live Another Day, Babylon, Bletchley Circle, Mr Selfridge, Ripper Street and Law & Order. His film credits include The Invisible Woman and From Hell, and his recent theatre work includes Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Inherit the Wind at the Old Vic and Time and the Conways for the National Theatre
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Two more to go. Gordon Kennedy plays Gordon Brown, the Queen's 11th Prime Minister, in office from 2007 - 2010. Kennedy's first television appearance was in the Channel 4 sketch show Absolutely and he's since starred in programmes including Glasgow Kiss, Red Cap and the BBC’s Robin Hood, in which he played Little John. In theatre, Kennedy starred in the original cast of the West End revival of The Rocky Horror Show and in Tariq Ali and Howard Brenton’s New Labour satire Ugly Rumours. He most recently returned to the theatre in The James Trilogy for the National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre
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Next up it's Michael Gould as John Major, the Queen's 9th Prime Minister, in office from 1990–1997. Gould’s recent theatre work includes Cruel and Tender and Hamlet for the Young Vic, The Ugly One for the Royal Court, In Extremis and King Lear for Shakespeare's Globe, The Crucible for Sheffield Theatre and you can see him on stage right now in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge at Wyndham's Theatre. You might also recognise him from his recent television work, which includes Silent Witness, Lucan, Secret State, Private Peaceful and The Bletchley Circle and films including Our Kind of Traitor, Private Peaceful and Frankenstein.
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Sylvestra Le Touzel plays Margaret Thatcher, the Queen's 8th Prime Minister, in office from 1979–1990. Le Touzel has worked extensively for the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and other recent stage credits include Les Parents Terribles and Ivanov for the Donmar Warehouse. You might recognise her from recent television roles in Big School, Utopia, The Politician's Husband, Secret State and Parade's End. Recent film work includes Mr Turner, Cloud Atlas, Happy-Go-Lucky and Amazing Grace.
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Our next actor Nicholas Woodeson plays Harold Wilson the Queen's fifth Prime Minister, who served two terms; 1964 - 1970 & 1974 - 1976. You may recognise the acclaimed actor from screen roles in The Honourable Woman, Rome, Mr Wroe's Virgins, The Hound of the Baskervilles and Rome; in recent films including Race, Mr Turner, Skyfall, Pope Joan and Amazing Grace; or many stage roles, including recent productions of Twelfth Night at Liverpool Everyman, Chariots of Fire at Hampstead Theatre, The Homecoming and Jubilee for the RSC, Rocket to the Moon for the National Theatre and An Inspector Calls at the Novello Theatre
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David Robb plays Anthony Eden, the Queen's second Prime Minister, in office from 1955 - 1957. Who's been watching Downton Abbey? Robb plays Dr Clarkson in the ITV drama. He's also in BBC's Wolf Hall currently and you might recognise him from other TV work including Garrow’s Law, Sharpe’s Peril, The Crow Road, First Amongst Equals, The Legend of King Arthur and Wuthering Heights. His film credits include Sacrifice, The Four Feathers, Regeneration, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Young Victoria and From Time to Time.
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David Calder plays Winston Churchill, the Queen's first Prime Minister, in office from 1951 - 1955. On stage, Calder has worked extensively for the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and you might have seen him recently as King Lear at Shakespeare's Globe or in his current role in The Nether at the Duke of York's Theatre. On TV, recently in Cuckoo, Utopia, Houdini, The Wrong Mans, Mr Selfridge and Lewis. His film work includes Lady in the Van, Queen of the Desert, Rush, United, Red Riding 1980, Goya's Ghosts and Perfume. What have you seen and loved him in?
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Wishing Helen Mirren, Stephen Daldry, Peter Morgan and the whole company of The Audience Broadway the very best for their first performance at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre tonight!
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Stay tuned for our week of Prime Minister spots to find out more about our wonderful actors playing the PMs opposite Kristin Scott Thomas's Queen - starting Monday!
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We're thrilled to announce further casting for The Audience today. Joining Kristin Scott Thomas as The Queen in the new and updated version of Peter Morgan’s 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. David Peart plays the Equerry, Charlotte Moore will play Bobo MacDonald and Private Secretary, Marnie Brighton, Madeleine Jackson-Smith and Izzy Meikle-Small will alternate in the role of Young Elizabeth and Matt Plumb and Harry Feltham will play the footmen.
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Who watched the BAFTAs last night and saw Kristin Scott Thomas arrive in a beautiful 1948 Balmain haute couture dress to present Eddie Redmayne with his award for Best Actor? Best dressed? Today's post-BAFTA buzz suggests so!
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On this day: in 2002, the Queen's sister Margaret passed away at King Edward VII hospital. Four years younger than Elizabeth, Margaret and she were Girl Guides together, pictured here in the Buckingham Palace Pack. The Girl Guide movement became an important part of her life and Princess Margaret later became the movement's President.
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Here's Sylvestra Le Touzel being measured for her Thatcher wig involving lots of hair pins, cling film and sellotape! http://t.co/MaZUtTGEk0
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Our PMs are in the office this morning for wig fittings for #TheAudience with Oscar and BAFTA Award winning Wigs Maker Peter Owen
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catch #KristinScottThomas's brilliant interview on @MarrShow this morning, now on iPlayer at 38 minutes in http://t.co/1P3lfD7rGm
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#KristinScottThomas will be on @MarrShow tomorrow morning discussing playing the Queen in #TheAudience this spring - BBC One from 9am
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Take a look at the stirring & beautiful trailer for #KristinScottThomas's new film Suite Française, out 2 weeks today http://t.co/L5ynnTpHFh

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