Faye Castelow is to play Queen Elizabeth II in the UK regional première of Peter Morgan’s The Audience which comes to NST City, Nuffield Southampton Theatres new venue, this May.
65 Years. 13 Prime Ministers. One Queen.
For 65 years, the Queen has met her Prime Minister every week in an Audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties agree never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses.
What is discussed? What secrets are shared? Does her Majesty have her favourites?
Sometimes intimate, often confessional, occasionally explosive, The Audience imagines the private moments that define a changing Britain. One head of state. Endless heads of government. This play asks where the real power lies.
Nuffield Southampton Theatres director, Samuel Hodges, who directs the production said: “At a moment of national uncertainty, the Queen is a uniquely reassuring figure.
“She is a constant who has transcended ages of change. Finding an actress who can embody her, from her first audience with Winston Churchill, at the age of 25, to the Queen that we know today, is to find a rare quality. Faye Castelow has that quality.”
Peter Morgan’s other work for theatre includes Frost/Nixon. His television work includes The Crown, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, The Jury, The Special Relationship, Longford, Colditz, Henry VIII and The Deal; and for film, Rush, 360, Hereafter, State of Play, The Damned United, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Last King of Scotland and The Queen.
Faye Castelow’s theatre credits include The Rover, The Witch of Edmonton, The White Devil, The Roaring Girl (RSC); Man and Superman, After the Dance, Time and the Conways (National Theatre); Nijinsky and The Deep Blue Sea (Chichester Festival Theatre).
The Audience runs at NST City, Southampton, from May 24 – June 22.