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Edward Fox Will Now Play Churchill in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre

Wednesday, 13th Mar 2013  

Star of The Day Of The Jackal Called in to Replace Robert Hardy, Who Stood Down from the Role Due to Injury

Hot on the heels of the news that Robert Hardy would be stepping down as Winston Churchill in Peter Morgan’s play The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre comes the announcement of his replacement.

Stage and screen actor Edward Fox will take on the role of the famous British Prime Minister and this means he joins a cast that also includes Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Paul Ritter as John Major, Nathanial Parker as Gordon Brown, Rufus Wright as David Cameron and Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson.

Other actors portray various other Prime Ministers and figures in the play, such as Sir Anthony Eden and James Callaghan, which sees the Queen meet with various PMs during her reign on the throne. Peter Morgan, who also penned the Helen Mirren movie The Queen, imagines what is said behind closed doors at these secret meetings. It is the first time that Mirren has portrayed the role since her appearance in the acclaimed 2006 movie.

Those that pick up theatre tickets to see Fox in the part of Churchill will certainly recognise him from a range of roles during his impressive career. He appeared in the 1970s movies The Day Of The Jackal, Edward & Mrs Simpson, A Bridge Too Far (winning a BAFTA), Force 10 From Navarone and more recent films like The Importance Of Being Earnest, Nicholas Nickleby and Stage Beauty. For the stage his work includes Legal Fictions at the Savoy Theatre in 2008, Trollope In Barsetshire at the Riverside Studios in 2011 and An Evening With Anthony Trollope in various venues.

Robert Hardy, who also portrayed Churchill onscreen in The Sittaford Mystery, Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years, War And Remembrance and Bomber Harris, was forced to withdraw from the show due to an accident that left him with cracked ribs. It means he only completed a certain number of performances during the previews of the show, which began in mid-February.

Alongside The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Audience is one of the most anticipated shows of 2013 and will have its official opening on Tuesday 5th March 2013, with an initial booking period taking it to Saturday 15th June 2013.