About The Audience

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses.

The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses 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.

These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II's reign to today. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.

Kristin Scott Thomas will play the Queen in a new version of Peter Morgan’s The Audience.  Stephen Daldry’s production will preview at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April 2015 and is booking to 25 July 2015.   

Please note: Kristin Scott Thomas will NOT perform on 23 May matinee and 27 June matinee. The role of Queen Elizabeth II will be played by her understudy during those performances. 

The Audience Performance Dates & Times

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Important Information

Please note Kristin Scott Thomas will NOT perform on 23 May matinee and 27 June matinee. The role of Queen Elizabeth II will be played by her understudy during those performances. 

The Venue

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Where is The Audience?

31 Shaftesbury Avenue London W1D 7ES
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
  • Parking: Brewer Street (2mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
  • Nearest Tube: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
  • Directions:

    The Apollo Theatre is situated on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End of London, close to Piccadilly Circus tube station.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross

Facilities

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible