News: Edward Fox To Join The Cast Of The Audience

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The producers of The Audience today confirm that after Robert Hardy’s sad recent withdrawal through injury, the role of Winston Churchill in Peter Morgan’s new play will now be played by Edward Fox. 

The Audience Director Stephen Daldry said: “We are incredibly fortunate that at very short notice Edward Fox has kindly agreed to step in. We are particularly lucky to find an actor of such stature and great authority to play Winston Churchill and we are delighted to welcome Edward to the Company.”


Edward Fox, famed for his consummate performance as Edward VIII in Thames Television’sEdward and Mrs Simpson, has had a long and distinguished career on screen and stage. He won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in Joseph Losey’s The Go Between and was “The Jackal” in Day of the Jackal directed by Fred Zinnemann. His many other film credits include A Bridge Too Far (for which he was also awarded a BAFTA), The Duellists, The Shooting Party, Ghandi, The Dresser andThe Importance of Being Ernest. His theatre credits include Knuckle (David Hare’s first play to appear in the West End), The Family Reunion at the Vaudeville, A Letter of Resignation in which his performance as Harold Macmillan drew widespread acclaim, Lloyd George Knew My Father, the idiosyncratic Earl in the 1999 revival of William Douglas Home’s The Chiltern Hundreds, The Old Masters (written by Simon Gray directed by Harold Pinter), Four Quartets, Legal Fictions at the Savoy and Trollope in Barsetshire at the Riverside Studios. His other television credits include Daniel Deronda, Oliver Twist and Hard Times. In 2003 Edward Fox was awarded an OBE.



Joining Helen Mirren who plays The Queen in the world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience are Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Paul Ritter as John Major, Rufus Wright as David Cameron and Edward Fox as Winston Churchill. The Equerry is Geoffrey Beevers and the role of Young Elizabeth is played by Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber and Nell Williams. David Peart plays James Callaghan who is joined by ensemble members Jonathan Coote, Ian Houghton and Charlotte Moore.

The Audience began previewing at the Gielgud Theatre on 15 February 2013, with press night on 5 March 2013 and is booking to 15 June 2013. Designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti, music by Paul Englishby and video by Ian William Galloway.

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



LISTINGS INFORMATION

Theatre: Gielgud Theatre, 35 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR

Dates: Until 15 June 2013

Performances: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm

Prices: £10.00 - £59.00, plus concessions

A limited number of Day Seats will go on sale from the Box Office, in person only, from 10am on the day of performance


Box Office: 0844 4825130