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Broadway's 'The Audience' to get an update after U.K. election surprise

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Joan Marcus

On Thursday, Conservative Party candidate David Cameron charged ahead in the U.K.’s General Election to be re-elected Prime Minister, and playwright Peter Morgan—currently represented on both Broadway and the West End for his smash-hit play The Audience—has fastidiously updated his Queen Elizabeth II play overseas and plans to update the Broadway production accordingly.

Morgan’s drama, starring Oscar winner and Tony frontrunner Helen Mirren in New York City and The English Patient Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas in London, chronicles the Queen’s afternoon teas and bull sessions with a litany of PMs from 1952 to the (very) present day, and Cameron is featured within. (Actor Rufus Wright, who plays Cameron on U.S. shores, can be seen in the photo above directly behind Mirren, sporting the purple tie.) The new scene reflecting Cameron’s victory was rehearsed in the daytime to be put into the same night’s performance. There’s no word yet on when the Mirren-led Broadway production will reflect these changes. 

In the same week as we opened The Audience it’s been particularly interesting to have experienced such a dramatic general election,” Morgan told The Guardian. “This morning I have rewritten the scene in my play between The Queen and David Cameron to reflect the events of last night and this morning… I hope tonight’s audience in particular will enjoy our immediate response today’s results.”

The Audience is currently playing on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and in the West End at the Apollo Theatre.