The stars are often out in the world of theatre, but rarely has the West End shone as brightly as it did last night in a one off performance of Peter Morgan’s play The Audience.
If most West End plays have a sprinkling of stars, this sequel to Morgan’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time had a whole galaxy…literally.
As part of a fundraising gala for two prominent autism charities, Ambitious about Autism and The National Autistic Society, The Audience featured some of the biggest names in film and television in some of their biggest roles.
With Matt Smith as The Doctor, Andrew Scott as Moriarty, and the glorious Helen Mirren reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II, the special performance of The Audience provided a cross cultural, cross universe delight .
Referencing The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time, The Independent put it best: “What could possibly be more curious than a dead dog, skewered by a garden fork? How about the peculiar case of the Bond boffin Q trying to stop Sherlock Holmes’s arch enemy Moriarty from wiping out culture as we know it while our very own monarch looks on from the sidelines?”
In addition to the filmed segments provided by Smith, Scott, Mirren, and Ben Whishaw as Q; Jude Law, Harry Treadaway and Niamh Cusack trod the boards of the Apollo in the innovative play spun around a video game and the threat of a deadly computer virus – curious?
As director Simon Stephens said: "I’m sure a lot of people have fantasised about what would happen if the Doctor did battle with Moriarty."
Sounds like something we’d all want to watch!