SHOWS AND EVENTS

Vintage Theatre Productions presents

The Audience

March 30 – May 13, 2018

Vintage Theatre presents the Regional Premiere of THE AUDIENCE by Peter Morgan playing now through May 13, 2018. For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly audience. The discussions are utterly secret, even to the royal and ministerial spouses.

“The Audience” takes place between 1952 and the present day. It focuses on Queen Elizabeth II’s private weekly meetings between her and each of her Prime Minister’s throughout her reign. These meetings have never been recorded and their content is unknown. In this innovative, modern play, Peter Morgan breaks through the silence and imagines a series of conversations held behind closed doors. Weaving through time, the Queen meets with each of her Prime Ministers (bar three: Harold Macmillan, Sir Alec Douglas Home, and Edward Heath) and her relationship with each of them is revealed. While she remains constant, the politicians come and go, revealing intimate and, occasionally, astounding details. The older Queen uses her time also to converse with her younger self, revealing her childhood dislike of the palace and her fears for the future. With frequently changing playing ages and near-constant stage time, the role of Queen Elizabeth II is a tour de force for any actress.

Under the direction of Bernie Cardell, the cast includes Deborah Persoff as Queen Elizabeth II, Payton Maynard (Young Elizabeth), Leslie Randle (Bobo MacDonald), Mark Collins (John Major), Christian Mast (Tony Blair), Jeff Jesmer (David Cameron), Wes Munsil (Anthony Eden), Chad Patten (The Equerry), Verl Hite (Gordon Brown), Andy Anderson (Harold Wilson) and Suzanna Wellens (Margaret Thatcher).

Peter Morgan is a writer and producer best known for Frost/Nixon (2008), The Last King of Scotland (2006) and The Queen (2006). Peter is actress Helen Mirren’s good luck charm, in that he wrote The Queen (2006), for which she won her first Best Actress Oscar, and the play The Audience; (2015), for which she won her first Tony Award. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 New Years Honours List for his services to drama. In February 2017, he was awarded a British Film Institute Fellowship (BFI) Peter Morgan is also the creator of the Netflix Original Series, The Crown..

Experience a inside look at royalty with Vintage Theatre’s THE AUDIENCE playing now through May 13. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays and Monday, April 9 and Thursdays, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays and Saturday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Tickets are available online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830.

 

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