- Posted By: sfinch on: Wed, 27th Feb 2013 at 10:56am
It has been announced that Edward Fox will play the role of Winston Churchill in place of Robert Hardy in Peter Morgan’s The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre.
Hardy, 87, has withdrawn from the production due to an injury. Commenting on the departure, director Stephen 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."
Fox’s numerous theatre credits include Knuckle at the Comedy Theatre, The Family Reunion at the Vaudeville Theatre, and Four Quartets at the Riverside Studios. His television and film credits include Edward & Mrs Simpson, Oh! What a Lovely War, Battle of Britain and The Go Between.
The Audience stars Oscar winner Helen Mirren in the role of Elizabeth II, along with Hadyn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Paul Ritter as John Major, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Rufus Wright as David Cameron, Geoffrey Beevers as The Equerry and Bebe Cave as Young Elizabeth.
The Audience charts 60 years of Elizabeth II’s reign, during which she has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace.
It has also been announced that The Audience will be streamed to cinemas on 13 June as part of the NT Live Initiative.