Robert Hardy will play Winston Churchill for the eighth time in his career after it was announced he will line up opposite Helen Mirren's Queen Elizabeth II in the West End.
The pair will star in
Peter Morgan's The Audience, which imagines meetings, held in the strictest confidence, between the Queen and her prime ministers from
Churchill to David Cameron.
Peak Practice star
Haydn Gwynne will play
Margaret Thatcher, with
John Major being played by Paul Ritter.
Robert has previously played Churchill seven times including
Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years and most recently in Celui Qui A Dit Non in Paris in French.
He is also known for starring in the
Harry Potter films as Cornelius Fudge and for his role as Siegfried Farnon in the television adaptation of
James Herriot's All Creatures Great And Small.
The play will be directed by Billy Elliot film-maker
Stephen Daldry and will run at the Gielgud Theatre from February.
It marks a return to royal duty for Helen, who won an Oscar for her lead role in the 2006 film The Queen.