Haydn Gwynne is the West End's New Iron Lady

Haydn Gwynne is the West End's New Iron Lady

Posted On: Nov 2, 2012
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    Alongside Helen Mirren as the Queen in Peter Morgan’s highly anticipated The Audience will be Haydn Gwynne playing the Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher.

    Most recently Gwynne was the one wearing the crown, playing Queen Elizabeth I alongside Kevin Spacey in the title role of Richard III at the Old Vic. She previously worked on another Stephen Daldry production, playing Mrs. Wilkinson in the world premiere of Billy Elliot The Musical; a role she later reprised on Broadway, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

    Her other theatre credits include Becky Shaw at the Almeida Theatre, and Greg Doran’s Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Off-stage, Gwynne boasts a number of television credits including Midsomer Murders, The Great Game, and Consenting Adults, in addition to such films as Hunky Dory, These Foolish Things, Remember Me and The Pleasure Principle. She can currently be seen on tour opposite William Gaunt in Duet for One.

    For the eighth time in his career, Robert Hardy will be filling the shoes of Winston Churchill.

    The theatre, film, and television actor’s extensive career in both the UK and US includes two seasons at the Old Vic and four seasons in Stratford for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He’s appeared on the West End in Rosmersholm, The Rehearsal, A Severed Head, The Constant Couple, Habeas Corpus and Dear Liar. Film fans will also recognise Hardy from Sense and Sensibility, Mrs Dalloway, and his role as Cornelius Fudge in four Harry Potter films.

    Paul Ritter, most recently seen in the National Theatre’s sell-out production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, will play the role of John Major.

    Ritter has previously graced the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Troilus and Cressida and The White Devil, and appeared in The Hothouse, The Reporter, The Coast of Utopia and Coram Boy  with the National Theatre. His other credits include Accidental Death of An Anarchist for the Donmar Warehouse, and The Norman Conquests and The Birthday Party in the West End. In addition to previous film work such as, Nowhere Boy, Quantum of Solace, The Libertine and The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz, Ritter can also be seen in Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner.

    The Audience chronicles the weekly audience that Queen Elizabeth II has held with each of her 12 Prime Ministers during her 60-year reign. Although there’s an unspoken agreement to never repeat what is said, The Audience breaks this contract of silence by imagining a series of pivotal meetings between those residing in Downing Street – including Churchill, Thatcher, Cameron – and their monarch. Painting a revealing portrait of modern Britain, the Queen and her incumbents are exposed at their most intimate. While politicians come and go, Her Majesty – from young mother to grandmother – is there, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.

    Previews for Stephen Daldry’s production at the Gielgud Theatre begin February 2013, with press night on 5 March 2013, and bookings currently ongoing to 15 June 2013. Further casting announcements to be made shortly – stay tuned to LOVEtheatre for the very latest!