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About the play

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life ? it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases.

I have been desperate to meet Nathaniel Parker for years so I was delighted when I found out he was to be starring in ‘An Audience’ with Helen Mirren at the Gielgud theatre. I loved the play. It was a fantastic cast each giving their own portrayal of a former Prime Minister. Helen Mirren gave a fantastic performance as you would expect.

Stage door

I met Nat twice during the run and on both occasions he was very gracious and kind. Even more good looking in the flesh than on TV. My first meeting with him was very brief as he was late arriving and I was late for work so I have him my letter and told him I had a surprise for his birthday which he seemed pleasantly surprised about.

On my second visit it was his birthday so I had bought him some cakes and a card to which he was very appreciative and mentioned it in his official website blog. Nat played former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and I told him that I worked for a number of cabinet minister’s in my life including John Prescott was one was them. He told me he was a big fan of Gordon Brown. I told him how much I loved the show and how good he was at Gordon’s facial expressions. He was very happy to pose for photos with myself and my great friend @elsiepledge. There were a good number of fans there but Helen Mirren turned up in the middle of us talking to Nat so there was a sudden rush of people to get to her.

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