Terri Paddock's post-show Q&A with The Crown Dual's cast & creatives at Wilton's Music Hall

The Crown Dual Q&A video: How do you tell the Queen’s life story with a cast of two?

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We were all madly checking our phones for news in the bars afterwards, but while Westminster dramas were going on, at Wilton’s Music Hall this week, we were getting to glorious grip with the (affectionate) comedy potential of the monarchy with The Crown Dual.

In Dan Clarkson‘s new comedy The Crown Dual, transferred for a fortnight after success at Edinburgh Fringe and its premiere earlier this year at the King’s Head Theatre, two actors reimagine the story of how Elizabeth Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II (and recreate two resplendent seasons of blockbuster Netflix series The Crown) in 70 minutes of frenetic hat-passing, period accents, corgi impressions… and audience participation.

On the last, my partner and I were even corralled into proceedings, called up onto the stage to act as buglers providing “royal fanfare” during the Queen’s coronation. (Suffice to say, actor-musicians everywhere can rest easy.)

After the performance, I was back onstage to talk to Dan Clarkson, director Owen Lewis and royally resplendent multi-roling actor-comedians Rosie Holt and Brendan Murphy to talk about audience participation, pork pies, mishaps, Helen Mirren, “groan” lines, American fascination with royals, the future life of the play as the Netflix series continues (season three of a planned six commences in November with Olivia Colman taking over from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth) and how The Crown Dual can unite a polarised UK (or at least its theatre critics).

Watch – and share – the full post-show Q&A. And stand by for future production news soon.

The Crown Dual continues at Wilton’s Music Hall until 14 September 2019.

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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