Production images have been released for the upcoming production of The Audience starring Oscar-winner Helen Mirren which opens at the Gielgud Theatre next week (5 March).

The Audience Production Images
Helen Mirren

The Audience Production Images
Nathaniel Parker

Stephen Daldry's production sees Mirren returning to the role of Elizabeth II, and also stars Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, and Edward Fox as Winston Churchill. Other cast includes Michael Elwyn, Richard McCabe, Nathaniel Parker, Paul Ritter and Rufus Wright.

The Audience Production Images
Helen Mirren

The Audience Production Images
Richard McCabe

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. 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.

The Audience Production Images
Haydn Gwynne

The Audience Production Images
Paul Ritter & Helen Mirren

It runs at the Gielgud Theatre until 15 June.

The Audience Production Images
Rufus Wright

-All photos by Johan Persson