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Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience, captured live at Londonâ€™s Gielgud Theatre as part of National Theatre Live. Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours).
â€śHelen Mirren makes The Audience a right royal night out.â€ť- The Independent
â€śFunny and truthful, good-hearted, spiky, full of surprises. I loved every minute.â€ť - The Times
â€śThe Audience is going to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2013.â€ť - Daily Mail
For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace â€“ a meeting like no other in British public life â€“ it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience breaks this contract of silence â€“ and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional â€“ sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.
From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.
The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed 2006 film The Queen.
The Audience is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries. (Running time: Approximately 120 mins., with one intermission) Digital