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The Audience By Peter Morgan: Helen Mirren, Michael Elwyn, Nathaniel Parker, Rufus Wright, Haydn Gwynne, Robert Hardy, Paul Ritter
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. 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.
The role of Queen Elizabeth II will be played by Helen Mirren.
Helen Mirren is one of the best known and most respected actresses with an international career that spans stage, screen and television and has won many awards for her powerful and versatile performances, including the Academy Award in 2007 for her performance in The Queen.
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Michael Elwyn has been a prolific TV actor since teh 1970s, appearing in Crossroads, The Avengers, Doomwatch, and Colditz, and has played theatrical roles such as Macbeth and Richard II. His film credits include The Iron Lady, Surveillance, Shadowman and Dot The I.
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One of Britain's favourite actors, Nathaniel Parker will be best known to television audiences for his starring role in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.
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Rufus Wright’s theatre credits include The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre, The Empire for the Royal Court, Private Lives for Hampstead Theatre, Frost/Nixon and Mary Stuart both for Donmar Warehouse and in the West End and Journey’s End at the Playhouse and Duke of York’s Threatres. His television credits include Foyle's War, New Tricks, White Van Man, Five Daughters, The Thick of It, Taking the Flak and Bomber. His film credits include The Special Relationship, Jean Charles, James Bond: Quantum of Solace and Spy Game.
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Haydn Gwynne's many stage appearances include Billy Elliot The Musical and Richard III. Her television work includes roles in Peak Practice, MerseyBeat, Nice Work and Drop The Dead Donkey.
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Robert Hardy is an English actor with a long career in the theatre, film and television. He began his career as a classical actor, appearing opposite Laurence Olivier in Coriolanus, before progressing to television. Over the years, Hardy has played a range of parts on television and film, including senior veterinarian Siegfried Farnon in the long-running tv series All Creatures Great and Small, and Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films.
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Paul Ritter is a stage and screen actor that has appeared in Quantum of Solace, Son of Rambow, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Nowhere Boy, The Eagle and the 2007 television serial Instinct, as well as the stage version of Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the National Theatre.
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