Edward Fox to replace Robert Hardy in The Audience

Edward Fox to replace Robert Hardy in The Audience

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Edward Fox, English actor of stage and screen, will replace Robert Hardy in Peter Morgan's THE AUDIENCE.

    Director Stephen Daldry said: “We are incredibly fortunate that at very short notice Edward Fox has kindly agreed to step in. We are particularly lucky to find an actor of such stature and great authority to play Winston Churchill and we are delighted to welcome Edward to the company.”

    Robert Hardy, 87, was forced to withdraw from the production after suffering a fall and some cracked ribs. After continuing to perform during last week's previews, he reluctantly decided to stand down over the weekend, after considering the eight performances a week over a long run unsustainable.

    Daldry said: “Robert is one of theatre's great actors and for him to have accepted this challenge at his age speaks of his courage and commitment to the theatre. That he feels unable to continue is a great sadness to us all but we respect his decision and wish him a return to full health and strength very soon." The play continued at the Gielgud Theatre with Hardy's understudy, David Peart, stepping in.

    Fox is best known for his work in such films as The Day of the Jackal, Oh! What a Lovely War, Battle of Britain, Force 10 from Navarone, Gandhi, the unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again, The Bounty and The Importance of Being Earnest. He twice won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in The Go-Between and A Bridge Too Far. His television credits include Edward & Mrs. Simpson.

    A regular of London theatre, Fox has appeared on the West End stage throughout his career in a variety of productions from Hamlet and Four Quartets to the one-man show An Evening with Anthony Trollope. Married to the actress Joanna David, he received an OBE in 2003 for services to theatre and British cinema. Their children Emilia Fox (Pride and Prejudice, Silent Witness, Merlin) and Freddie Fox (currently starring alongside Rupert Everett in The Judas Kiss), have also gone into the family business.

    imagines a series of intimate encounters between Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers she's met throughout her reign. From Churchill to Cameron, these uniquely private audiences offer a revealing look behind the scenes of both royalty and politics. Book your tickets for THE AUDIENCE today!