The Audience on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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The Audience Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Play
  • The Audience is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 7 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: February 14, 2015
  • Show Opened : March 8, 2015
  • Show Closed: June 28, 2015

The Audience revolves around Queen Elizabeth II and her intimate discussions with each of the prime ministers that have served Britain during her tenure as Queen. The Audience takes Broadway audiences into the Buckingham Palace where we catch glimpses of the magnificent woman on the throne, as well as the men and woman who have led Britain over the course of her reign.

The Audience on Broadway Background

The Audience is a new play by Peter Morgan that transfers to Broadway from London’s West End, where it received magnificent reviews. Helen Mirren (Hitchcock, The Debt) stars as Queen Elizabeth II (the present Queen of England), reprising the role she played in the 2013 West End production of The Audience, for which she received the Olivier Award for Best Actress. Mirren also played Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film The Queen, the screenplay for which was also written by Peter Morgan, and for which Mirren won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The Broadway production of The Audience is directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot: The Musical), who also directed the London production.

What's The Audience Like?

Ever since her ascension to the throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has held weekly meetings with each of her prime ministers, numbering 12 over the years, who have included David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, John Major, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan, Harold Wilson, Anthony Eden, and Winston Churchill. The Audience is a fictional representation of a series of these meetings, wherein each head of state is private audience to the Queen.

Is The Audience Good for Kids?

The Audience is suitable for children of any change; however children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

236 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
Seats: 1,079
Entrance: South Side of 45th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue
Theatre Information

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Seating Chart

The Audience Marquee

The Audience Marquee

Cast Members

Queen Elizabeth II
Helen Mirren
John Major
Dylan Baker
Queen's Equerry
Geoffrey Beevers
Margaret Thatcher
Judith Ivey
Winston Churchill
Dakin Matthews
Anthony Eden
Michael Elywyn
Gordon Brown
Rod McLachlan
Harold Wilson
Richard McCabe
David Cameron
Rufus Wright


Matthew Byam Shaw at Playful Productions

Robert Fox

Andy Harries

Production Credits

Stephen Daldry
Set + Costume Designer
Bob Crowley
Light Designer
Rick Fisher
Sound Designer
Paul Arditti
Paul Englishby
Peter Morgan

Creative Team

General Manager
Bespoke Theatricals LLC
Casting Director
Daniel Swee at Lincoln Center Theater
Press Agent
Boneau Bryan-Brown
Casting Director (Children)
Nora Brennan Casting