The Audience

New regional premiere of the smash hit play from the writer of The Crown, Peter Morgan. At NST City.

24 May, 2019 - 22 June, 2019

  • wheelchair access
  • signed perfomance
  • hearing enhancement
  • audio description
  • assistance dogs

Nuffield Southampton Theatres present

The Audience

24 May - 22 June NST City

By Peter Morgan

Director Samuel Hodges

Designer Rosanna Vize 

Watch the Trailer 


Grapevine: Creative Networking Event : 28th May, 6pm - 7.30pm

Post-show Q&A: 5 Jun

Behind the Scenes Tour: 15 Jun

How Theatre's Made: 20 Jun 17.00

BSL Interpreted & Audio Described: 22 Jun 14.30 

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.  

Prime Minister: I never sleep much.

Queen: Oh dear. I like the idea of any person with the power to start a nuclear war being rested.

Nuffield Southampton Theatres Director Samuel Hodges directs his new version of the award winning play from the writer of the critically acclaimed TV series The Crown and the Oscar award winning film The Queen.

Dine like The Queen

Experience a royal evening with Tyrrell's The Royal Menu and dine like the Queen! Celebrating dishes served from the time of George IV to the reign of Elizabeth II, taste a royal menu before meeting Her Majesty in The Audience.

* Please note The Royal Menu is only available from 24th May onwards 


Join us at NST City for a delightful Afternoon Tea

Choose Afternoon Tea with a range sandwiches, home made scones & cream, a selection of cakes and tea/coffee or choose our Deluxe Afternoon Tea and have a bubbly glass of Prosecco to finish. See here for more information.

Meet Faye Castelow


Faye Castelow

Faye Castelow

Queen Elizabeth II

Paul Kemp

Paul Kemp

The Prime Ministers

Lizzie Hopley

Lizzie Hopley

Margaret Thatcher

Sharon Singh

Sharon Singh



Peter Morgan


Samuel Hodges


Emily Collins

Assistant Director

Rosanna Vize


Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Sound Designer

Jackie Shemesh

Lighting Designer

Tom Jackson Greaves

Movement Director

Annelie Powell

Casting Director