Epic Journey Through History: 70 Years On The Throne
by Max Goldbart | Deadline | April 21, 2022
UPDATE May 12, 2022: For Damian Lewis Fans in the USA and Canada, BritBox North America announced today that it will exclusively stream The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration live with the UK on May 15. Go here for subscription for Britbox US. Britbox will begin live-streaming the event on Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM CT / 12:00 PM PT and from 8:00 – 10:40 PM on ITV in the UK.
Tom Cruise, Helen Mirren and Damian Lewis are to lead the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations on ITV. There will be 1,300 performers and 500 horses at the Windsor Castle event, which will also feature the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ant & Dec, Dame Joan Collins, Sir Mo Farah, Dame Maureen Lipman, Sir David Jason, Alan Titchmarsh and Dame Kelly Holmes.
The huge stars are commemorating 70 years on the throne for the Queen, who is now the longest-serving monarch, on 15 May. Mirren, who played Elizabeth in 2006’s The Queen, will play Queen Elizabeth I during a theatrical event while a cast of Queens Players are introduced by a character played by comedian Omid Djalili.
Cruise and Lewis will oversee two of four theatrical events alongside Titchmarsh and Adjoa Andoh.
Dame Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis, Omid Djalili & Tom Cruise lead an all-star cast celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, paying tribute to The Queen’s remarkable 70 years of service.
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Each act will reflect on key moments in history, including Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech and James I and the Gunpowder Plot. The Commonwealth will also be celebrated, as well as the four nations within the United Kingdom. All of this will be interspersed with a number of military and equestrian displays from around the world, including Azerbaijan, India, Oman, France, Norway, Switzerland and Trinidad & Tobago.
Music will be provided by a 75-piece orchestra comprising Tri-Service personnel and augmented with members of The National Symphony Orchestra, with special performances from Keala Settle, Gregory Porter and Katherine Jenkins. The musical director will be the multi-award winning composer, Debbie Wiseman, whilst the principal director for music will be Lieutenant Colonel Jason Burcham RM.
ITV Entertainment Commissioning Head Katie Rawcliffe said: “We’re thrilled to be broadcasting the first televised event for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee here on ITV.