Peter Morgan Tweaks West End ‘The Audience’ To Reflect Election; Broadway Will Follow

By Nancy Tartaglione, Jeremy Gerard

With the UK’s General Election last night ending in a surprise victory for Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party, Audience playwright Peter Morgan has quickly updated the show’s revived West End edition, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, to reflect the outcome.

The play, whose Broadway stand is in the running for three Tony awards including best actress Helen Mirren, traces the weekly meetings between the Queen and her Prime Ministers from Winston Churchill through to today, now quite literally. For Scott Thomas, Morgan tweaked a scene between her and Mark Dexter’s Cameron that will  be played for the first time tonight.

“In the same week as we opened The Audience it’s been particularly interesting to have experienced such a dramatic general election,” Morgan said. “This morning I have rewritten the scene in my play between The Queen and David Cameron to reflect the events of last night and this morning… I hope tonight’s audience in particular will enjoy our immediate response to today’s results.”

The show’s UK representative, Janine Shalom, told Deadline that “the Broadway script will have updates too, as to when they will be implemented at this stage we can’t confirm.”

Stephen Daldry’s production of The Audience opened at the Apollo Theatre earlier this week and is currently slated to run through July 25. The original London production starred Mirren and ran in 2013.

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