A portrait of a dynamic and provocative woman—the symbol of a nation—as she weathers decades of history and political strife. Every Tuesday afternoon for more than 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a private audience, a gesture of unity between government and Crown. Through moments of tension, negotiation, war, and unrest, these conversations with political leaders from Winston Churchill to Harold Wilson to Margaret Thatcher have remained a constant across the years. Playwright Peter Morgan re-imagines each of these meetings, giving us a glimpse at the queen’s role in guiding the circumstances that have shaped Great Britain, and a window into the mystery, compassion and humor of the woman behind the iconic crown.
If you stick round long enough, the same ideas come round again and again. Wearing a different coloured tie.
THE AUDIENCE will star Company Member Janet Ulrich Brooks—a six-time Jeff Award nominee for roles at TimeLine, including 33 VARIATIONS, A WALK IN THE WOODS and ALL MY SONS—as Queen Elizabeth II.
THE AUDIENCE, previously seen on Broadway and in the West End and acclaimed as “a great if faintly guilty pleasure” (The Telegraph) that is “hugely enjoyable and cumulatively very affecting” (The Independent), makes its Chicago debut at TimeLine.
Playwright Peter Morgan also penned FROST/NIXON (another TimeLine hit, in 2010) and recently adapted THE AUDIENCE into a series for Netflix called THE CROWN, streaming now.
Director Nick Bowling is TimeLine’s Associate Artistic Director and the creative force behind many of the company’s most successful productions, including A DISAPPEARING NUMBER, FIORELLO! and THE HISTORY BOYS.