The Audience

West End

Producer & General Manager


Photographer Johan Persson
Photographer Johan Persson
Photographer Johan Persson

Playful Productions co-produced and general managed the world première of Peter Morgan’s The Audience for a limited season run at the Gielgud Theatre, from 15 February to 15 June 2013. Starring Helen Mirren as the Queen, the production was directed by Stephen Daldry with set and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Rick Fisher, sound design by Paul Arditti, video design by Ian William Galloway and music by Paul Englishby. Adult casting was by Nina Gold CDG and children’s casting by Jessica Ronane CDG.

Helen Mirren won the Olivier and Evening Standard Best Actress Awards, Richard McCabe won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Harold Wilson, Bob Crowley won the Evening Standard Award for Best Design, and the production was a record-breaking NT Live broadcast to cinemas across the world.

The Audience was produced by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

“Helen Mirren once again giving a magnificent performance as the Queen… Wonderfully funny and genuinely moving” The Telegraph ★★★★★

“Funny and truthful, good-hearted, spiky, full of surprises. I loved every minute” The Times ★★★★★