Peter Morgan Updates The Audience After U.K. General Election; New Scene Will Play Tonight

News   Peter Morgan Updates The Audience After U.K. General Election; New Scene Will Play Tonight
 
Following the General Election in the U.K., playwright Peter Morgan has updated his script for the London production of The Audience, which concerns the weekly meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and her Prime Ministers.

Kristin Scott Thomas as The Queen
Kristin Scott Thomas as The Queen Photo by Jason Bell

On the day HMQ invites David Cameron to form a new Government, this updated scene — between The Queen and David Cameron, played by Kristin Scott Thomas and Mark Dexter, respectively — will be performed for the first time at the evening performance.

“In the same week as we opened The Audience it’s been particularly interesting to have experienced such a dramatic general election. This morning I have rewritten the scene in my play between The Queen and David Cameron to reflect the events of last night and this morning. Kristin Scott Thomas and Mark Dexter will be rehearsing this new dialogue this afternoon and I hope tonight’s audience in particular will enjoy our immediate response today’s results," said Morgan in a statement.

The Audience cast includes Kristin Scott Thomas as The Queen with David Calder as Winston Churchill, Mark Dexter as David Cameron and Tony Blair, 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. 

Stephen Daldry’s production opened at the Apollo Theatre earlier this week and is currently booking to July 25.

Helen Mirren, a 2015 Tony nominee, stars in the Broadway production of The Audience at the Schoenfeld Theatre.

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