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The Audience - two extra preview matinee performances

Casting news

TWO FURTHER preview matinee performances have been scheduled for Stephen Daldry’s production of Peter Morgan’s The Audience – on February 16 and February 27, 2013 at 2.30pm.

And completing the cast are Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Geoffrey Beevers as The Equerry and Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber and Nell Williams as the Young Elizabeth.

Previously Posted: Further casting has been announced for the world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience, which runs at the Gielgud Theatre from March 5 (previews from February 15) to June 15, 2013.

Joining previously announced Helen Mirren as The Queen, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy as Winston Churchill and Paul Ritter as John Major, will be Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown and Rufus Wright as David Cameron.

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.

Michael Elwyn returns to the stage having more recently been seen on television in The Syndicate, Da Vinci’s Demons, EastEnders, Stella, Seven Lives, The Tudors, Into the Storm, Foyle’s War, Ten Days To War, Robin Hood, The Bill, Sharpe’s Challenge, The Queen’s Sister, Rosemary and Thyme, Dirty Filthy Love, The Brief, Byron, Daniel Deronda, Bertie and Elizabeth, Micawber, North Square, Soldier, Soldier, After Henry and Kinse.

His film credits include The Iron Lady, Surveillance, Shadowman and Dot the I.

After leaving drama school, Nathaniel Parker joined the Royal Shakespeare Company before appearing many times in the West End and on Broadway.

His television credits include leading roles in the BBC’s adaptations of Vanity Fair, The Nuremburg Trials and Bleak House and for seven years he played the lead role in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. His more recent television credits include Injustice, Merlin, Me and Mrs Jones and the forthcoming Still Life.

Parker has also appeared in numerous films, among them War Requiem, Hamlet, Othello, Fade To Black, Stardust, The Domino Effect, The Perfect Host, Malice In Wonderland and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Rufus Wright’s theatre credits include The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre), The Empire (Royal Court Theatre), Private Lives (Hampstead Theatre), Frost/Nixon and Mary Stuart (Donmar Warehouse and West End) and Journey’s End (Playhouse and Duke of York’s Threatres).

His screen credits include Foyle’s War, New Tricks, White Van Man, Five Daughters, The Thick of It, Taking the Flak and Bomber (TV); The Special Relationship, Jean Charles, James Bond: Quantum of Solace and Spy Game (film).

Final casting will be announced shortly.

The Audience is produced in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

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