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Fiona Reid on The Queen, The Crown & The Audience

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:30

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks to Actress Fiona Reid about her starring role in Mirvish’s “The Audience”, how she channels Queen Elizabeth II, and how watching “The Crown” will only help you with this play.

On stage now at the Royal Alex Theatre; Mirvish presents Fiona Reed as Queen Elizabeth II in ‘The Audience’.

The Audience explores the hundreds of closed door meetings that her majesty has hosted with British Prime Ministers over the last 65 years or so, from Thatcher to Blair, Major to Churchill. Of course, no one knows what has ever transpired in these meetings, and that’s why you need the curious mind of playwright Peter Morgan to imagine such conversations.

Morgan is to Monarchy lore what Julian Fellows is to ‘Downton Abbey’, penning the 2006 dramatic feature film ‘The Queen’ starring Dame Helen Mirren. He followed his Oscar winner with a West End and Broadway run of his stage offering, ‘The Audience’. Mirren reprised her Royal role for both productions. He also is the talent behind the Golden Globe award winning Netflix series, ‘The Crown’.

Fiona Reid steps into the challenging part as a fixture in the Canadian film television and stage scene. She has toured this country up and down, playing unforgettable parts in ‘Doubt’, ‘August Osage County’, and winning Doras for her roles in ‘Fallen Angels’ and ‘Six Degrees of Separation’. She’s been a mainstay at Stratford and the Shaw as well.

On screen, too many to count, but her presence has been felt in ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’, ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’, and the ‘King of Kensington’.

Mark Wigmore spoke with Fiona Reid at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in downtown Toronto.

‘The Audience’ continues at the Royal Alex through February 26th. Opening night is Thursday January 19th. Head to for tickets and timing.

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the JAZZ.FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

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