As you arrived at the NST, Nuffield Southampton Theatres venue there was certainly a feel of royal treatment as fans gathered to watch The Audience. The play is by Peter Morgan and directed by Rosanna Vize and Queen Elizabeth II was performed by the brilliant Faye Castelow. It was comical to start with and this theme ran throughout the 2 hours 20 minutes run time. The Audience imagines the private moments that define a changing Britain as it explored the relationship between 13 prime ministers and Her Majesty The Queen. Every week, the Queen has met her Prime Minister in an Audience at Buckingham Palace and this was superbly presented with two sides of the show audience looking over the stage. It shows what was likely discussed in these meetings and what secrets were shared which was fascinating to say the least.
Paul Kemp superbly played all of the prime ministers certainly provided some cunning impressions with John Major and Tony Blair being the pick of the bunch.
With the award winning The Crown and Oscar-winning film The Queen under his belt, Peter Morgan certainly had a lot to live up to but I have to admit this was just as impressive. The whole production was superb also with no mistakes and a treadmill to allow the prime ministers to enter the stage. The lighting again I could not fault as scenes perfectly came into place with the use of dark lighting to make sure the play went as smoothly as possible.
The Audience is running until 22nd June so don’t miss out on your chance to watch this wonderful piece of art.