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by Peter Morgan

The play that sparked the hit Netflix series, The Crown, The Audience takes place between 1952 and the present day. It focuses on Queen Elizabeth II’s private weekly meetings between her and each of her Prime Ministers throughout her reign. These meetings have never been recorded and their content is unknown. In this innovative, modern play, Peter Morgan breaks through the silence and imagines a series of conversations held behind closed doors. 

Richard Cottle was nominated for best-supporting actor at the 2019 Rosebowl Awards.

Premiered in the West End at the Gielgud Theatre on 15 February 2013

Helen Mirren starred as Queen Elizabeth II; after playing the same role in the 2006 film The Queen, which was also written by Morgan.


Rob Creer with Lizzie Abbot-Davies


Senior Queen Elizabeth II - Diane Owen

Young Queen Elizabeth II - Sarah Martin

Adolescent Elizabeth - Sammy Mountford

Equerry - Steve Crump

John Major - Simon Carney

Winston Churchill - Tim Ball

Harold Wilson - Richard Cottle

Gordon Brown - Orion Abbot-Davies

Tony Blair - David Lord

Margaret Thatcher - Melody Lewis

Anthony Eden - Andrew Stubbs

David Cameron - Paul Cragg

James Callaghan - Rob Creer

Cecil Beaton/Footman/Policeman - Craig Earby

Policeman/Footman/Private secretary - Samuel Grashoff

Bobo McDonald - Naomi Ashley-Smith

Ladies in Waiting - Kate Webb & Nicky Shipton


Stage Management - Phil Lovell

Lighting - Rob Owen

Sound - Stephen Bashford

Costume - Kayleigh Rose

Hair and Makeup - Roisin Hall & Kate Webb

Properties - Debbie Bashford, Maggie Allsopp & Karen Smith

Box office - Lucy May Cragg

Photography - Grant McCotter

Front of House - Ross Brown, Maggie Allsopp, Sarah Dixon and Members of Sodbury Players


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