Haydn Gwynne in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre
Actress Set To Play Margaret Thatcher Alongside Helen Mirren’s Queen Elizabeth II In Peter Morgan’s Play From February 2013
“The Audience” is set to land at the Gielgud Theatre in the New Year and it has been receiving a lot of attention already thanks to the names attached to the production – Helen Mirren and Peter Morgan. The former famously starred as Elizabeth II in “The Queen” on the big screen with Morgan penning the script and now the two re-team in the West End with Mirren once again taking on one of her most famous roles.
Now more names have been added to the list, with Haydn Gwynne, Robert Hardy and Paul Ritter playing Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and John Major respectively.
Haydn Gwynne is a well known actress who has appeared in a wealth of shows on both the stage and screen. From television shows like “Peak Practice” and “Drop the Dead Donkey” to west end shows like “Billy Elliot the Musical” at the Victoria Palace Theatre and additional London theatre credits like “Richard III” at the Old Vic Theatre, “Becky Shaw” at the Almeida Theatre and “Merry Wives the Musical” for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Audiences will also recognise her from television shows like “Rome”, “Midsomer Murders” and “Lewis”, among others.
“The Audience” focuses on the private meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers that have been elected during her reign. Many well known figures appear in the show as a result of this set-up, with the mentioned Churchill, Thatcher and Major among the PMs to walk through the Queen’s doors.
Penned by Peter Morgan, the play follows in the footsteps of his factually-based films like “The Deal”, “The Queen”, “The Special Relationship” and “Frost/Nixon” (the latter beginning life as a play at the Donmar Warehouse).
Robert Hardy, playing Churchill, has many credits to his name as well, from “Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years” to “The Sittaford Mystery”, “Bomber Harris” and “War and Remembrance”, all of which saw him portray the famous Prime Minister.
Audiences can pick up theatre tickets and witness “The Audience” for its performances from Tuesday 5th March 2013 (with previews from Friday 15th February 2013) to Saturday 15th June 2013.