Show Pics: Helen Mirren in The Audience
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.
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.
It runs at the Gielgud Theatre until 15 June.
-All photos by Johan Persson