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Dylan Baker and Judith Ivey have joined the cast for the Broadway transfer of London stage hit The Audience, Peter Morgan‘s play about the weekly tradition of closed-door one-on-one encounters at Buckingham Palace between Queen Elizabeth II and her government leader.
Baker, whose Broadway credits include Theresa Rebeck‘s Mauritius, David Mamet‘s November and Yasmina Reza‘s God of Carnage, will play former Prime Minister John Major. His recent screen work includes Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Selma and The Humbling, as well as a recurring role on The Good Wife.
Two-time Tony-winner Ivey, who was last on Broadway appearing opposite Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens in The Heiress, will step into the iron-lady shoes of Margaret Thatcher in Morgan’s play, which is directed by Stephen Daldry.
Read more ‘The Audience’: London Theater Review
Mirren returns to the role that won her a best actress Oscar in the same writer’s The Queen. She also received the Olivier Award, London theater’s highest honor, for The Audience, which covers Elizabeth II’s reign from her late 20s into her 80s.
Reprising their roles from the London production are Geoffrey Beevers (the Queen’s Equerry), Michael Elwyn (Anthony Eden), Richard McCabe (Harold Wilson) and Rufus Wright (David Cameron). Additional cast, including three more prime ministers, are to be announced.
The play begins previews on Feb. 14 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with opening night set for March 8. The limited engagement runs through June 28. Lead producers on the transfer are Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
In London, The Audience will also have a return West End engagement starting on April 21, this time with Kristin Scott Thomas playing the British monarch.
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