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The Audience

24 May, 2019 - 22 June, 2019

★★★★ ‘This poised, elegant and understatedly clever new staging’ The Telegraph

  • 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 

Running time: 2hrs 23mins with interval

Recommended age: 12+


‘This poised, elegant and understatedly clever new staging’

The Stage



'Immaculately staged production'

The Telegraph



'The Audience is another jewel in Nuffield Southampton Theatres' glittering crown.'



'Very slick and intelligent revival of the hit political drama'

The Times


'Paul Kemp, a versatile actor who pulls off Churchill and Wilson with heart and soul'

The Guardian

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

Post-show Q&A: 5 Jun

Behind the Scenes Tour: 15 Jun

BSL Interpreted & Audio Described: 22 Jun 14.30 

*For best use if BSL Interpreter, please book seats in Rows A to J on the main seating bank. Audio Description can be accessed throughout the auditorium. 

65 Years.  13 Prime Ministers.  One Queen

Every week, the Queen has met her Prime Minister in an Audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties agree never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. But what is discussed? What secrets are shared? Does her Majesty have her favourites? 

Often funny, sometimes confessional, occasionally explosive, The Audience imagines the private moments that define a changing Britain.

From Peter Morgan, the writer of the award-winning TV series The Crown and Oscar-winning film The Queen, NST Director Samuel Hodges (The Shadow Factory) directs a brand new production of the comic hit play.  

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

Lizzie Hopley

Lizzie Hopley

Margaret Thatcher, Bobo Macdonald and the Detective

Paul Kemp

Paul Kemp

The Prime Ministers

Sharon Singh

Sharon Singh


Fay Burwell

Fay Burwell

Young Elizabeth

Maddie Farmer

Maddie Farmer

Young Elizabeth


Peter Morgan


Samuel Hodges


Ian Nicholson

Associate Director

Emily Collins

Assistant Director

Rosanna Vize


Verity Johnson

LAB Associate Designer

Jackie Shemesh

Lighting Designer

Dan Saggars

LAB Associate Lighting Designer

Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Sound Designer

Annie May Fletcher

LAB Associate Sound Designer

Tom Jackson Greaves

Movement Director

Annelie Powell

Casting Director

Tickets starting at: £30, £24, £17, £10

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For Wheelchair and Disability bookings, please call the Box Office for availability.

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Student tickets - £10