Hmmm. Harold Wilson was normal?
And for those whose sympathies are troublingly divided between the monarch and the common people, this production suggests that the Queen may at heart be “a good Labour woman.” That at least is the conclusion of Prime Minister Harold Wilson (a folksy Richard McCabe, an audience favorite), who says, “Deep down, you’re not just happier with the normal folks, you’re one of us.”
Directed with restrained flair by Stephen Daldry, and designed with a voyeuristic elegance by Bob Crowley, “The Audience” seems destined to reign in the West End as an exercise in reassurance for uncertain times. It’s a sort of starched-bosomed nanny of a play, offering the artistic equivalent of nursery food and equally digestible history lessons.