Act One

Out of the dark, the Equerry appears to introduce the concept of the Queen’s private audiences with her Prime Ministers. These happen every Tuesday at 6:30pm. He describes the room in which they take place and, as he exits, the room itself is revealed. The Queen is holding one of her audiences with John Major, her ninth Prime Minister. He is fretting about the turbulent political atmosphere under his direction. He never wanted the notoriety and pressure that comes with the job and is moaning, looking to the Queen for guidance. She reminds him that all Prime Ministers have been hated at some point in their political career and that he should stand up to those who criticize him. The Queen believes that Major was lucky enough to have got to his position due to his formal education; a privilege she never received. Instead she and her sister were home educated, because they were female, As the pair exchange childhood education memories, Major admits that he only got 3 O-levels. Getting back to business, they discuss the outcome of a recent G-7 meeting in Canada.

As the Queen and John Major’s meeting ends, the Equerry returns to explain the regular occurrence of Her Majesty’s private meetings with her Prime Ministers. An elderly Winston Churchill shuffles across the stage to meet the now 25-year-old Queen. She is in mourning for her father, King George VI, and has not yet been crowned Queen. As she attempts to get the meeting started, she is constantly interrupted by Churchill, who patronizingly tells her that she is conducting the meeting all wrong. However the Queen stands firm with him and he eventually sits, acquiescing to her different, more relaxed style of meeting. Diving straight in, Elizabeth accuses Churchill of delaying her coronation for his own political gain. She knows that he is under pressure to resign and postponing her coronation buys him a little more time. In return, she demands a favor. Elizabeth wants her children to take her husband’s

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