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Character: Queen Elizabeth II
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Written by: Peter Morgan
Other cast: Paul Ritter, Edward Fox, Richard McCabe, Geoffrey Beevers, Nell Williams, Nathaniel Parker, Michael Elwyn, Haydn Gwynne, Rufus Wright
Venue: Gielgud Theatre
Production dates: February 15, 2013
Genre: Drama
Running time: 3h

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 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.