The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations

The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” took place in the State Theatre of Nations on April 25, 2017. The Russian version of the play was created with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. Ivan Panfilov from the producer company Elephant Production was a producer of the play.


The British playwriter and screenwriter Peter Morgan created a theatre play “The Audience”. The play was performed in the Gielgud Theatre in London in 2013 for the first time. Gleb Panfilov, the famous film director, the Honoured artist of USSR, created the stage version of the play in Russia. An Honoured artist of USSR Inna Churikova played the main role in the play.

Peter Morgan, an expert in the British Royal family’s traditions and the scriptwriter of movies “The Queen” and series “The Crown”, agreed that the play will be staged in Russia only after seeing Inna Churikova performing in one of the theatre play of Gleb Panfilov. “Inna is my British queen” — Peter said.

The theatre play tells a story of weekly audiences in the Buckingham Palace given by the Queen Elizabeth II to the prime ministers of the Great Britain. During six and a half decades of her reign, thirteen prominent politicians occupied a chair of the Prime minister from Winston Churchill to Theresa May. The only thing that has not changed is that Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch, receives the weekly audiences every Tuesday at 6 pm about key events in the country and the world.

“This is a high quality dramatic art, Chekhov-style art work. The theatre play tells about the first lady of a large country, about the Queen of the Great Britain — Elizabeth II, about a woman who sacrifices her personal life to serve her people” — Gleb Panfilov described the theatre play.

The Russian version of the screen was adjusted to illustrate the historical connection between two countries: references about Stalin, Gagarin, Gorbachev, Perestroika in USSR, first visit the Queen made to Russia in 1994.

Peter Morgan also assisted in staging of the Russian version of “The Audience”. “Having a constant connection with the author made it possible to do high quality work but also made us confident that we did not fail to retain the main idea of the play” — Gleb Panfilov said.

Inna Churikova, the main actress of this theatre play, said: “The ‘Audience’ is a fascinating play and the longer I perform in it the more I discover the uniqueness of Elizabeth II. She devoted her life to the Great Britain. The fate of her nation, entrusted to her by God, is her reason to live. It is a great responsibility for me to perform this role. I fell in love with that adorable woman”.

Yelizavets Pinegina, Anna Manakina, Mikhail Gorevoy, Sergey Kolesnikov, Sergey Pinegin, Andrey Kharitonov, Galina Tunina, Vera Voronkova, Anatoly Lobotsky, Sergey Piotrovsky and other famous actors also performed in the play.


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The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
The premiere of the theatre play “The Audience” in the State Theatre of Nations
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