The Audience

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National Theatre Live

The Audience

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 18 July - 23 July 2015

Nominated for three Tony Awards®, The Audience sees Helen Mirren reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, following her Academy Award® win for the same role The Queen. Encore screenings of the original West End production of The Audience, captured live in London in 2013, feature an exclusive Q&A with Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren.

For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.

From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

The Audience has received three 2015 Tony Award® nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Helen Mirren), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Richard McCabe) and Best Costume Design (Bob Crowley). The production has also been nominated for 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Outstanding New Broadway Play), 4 Drama League Awards (including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play) and 2 Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Actress in a Play).

The Audience is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours), and was presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

Encore screenings feature a live performance recorded during the original run of the production in London’s West End in 2013, and feature the original West End cast.

Classification: E – Exempt from Classification
Distributor: Sharmill Films

Dates & Times:
Saturday 18 July 1pm
Thursday 23 July 1pm & 6:30pm

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“Helen Mirren endows the monarch with a sense of inner life and a quasi-Shakespearean aura of solitude.” – The Guardian

“The Audience is going to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2013.” – Daily Mail

“[Mirren’s] incisive performance again crackles with intelligence, acerbic wit and profound sensitivity.” – Hollywood Reporter (US)

5 STARS – “Funny and truthful, good-hearted, spiky, full of surprises. I loved every minute.” – The Times (UK)

5 STARS – “Peter Morgan’s highly entertaining new play. Stephen Daldry’s extraordinarily clever production.” – What’s On Stage (UK)

5 STARS – “Wholly tremendous. Wonderfully funny… genuinely moving. Stephen Daldry directs a pitch-perfect production.” – The Telegraph (UK)

5 STARS – “Not to be missed!”  Theatre People

4.5 STARS – “The latest play to be beamed into Australian cinemas by Britain’s National Theatre Live project is a must-see for anyone who appreciates acting at its very best. Throughout the play, Mirren skilfully calibrates her role without altering her direct connection to the live audience. She can be imperious, empathetic and downright hilarious, all at once.The scenes that Mirren shares with Richard McCabe (as Harold Wilson) are a delight to witness. So great, in fact, they are worth the price of admission in their own right.” – HIT

4 STARS – “Hugely enjoyable…” – Independent (UK)

4 STARS – “Mirren is superb. A welcome return for director Stephen Daldry.” – Evening Standard (UK)

“A triumph of acting technique! Theatre fans — and particularly fans of the always astonishing Dame Helen — who now have zero chance of seeing her Olivier Award performance live shouldn’t miss this up-close record of her still, convincing, detailed and heartfelt portrait.” – Stage Whispers

WINNER OLIVIER AWARDS 2013 – BEST ACTRESS, HELEN MIRREN

WINNER DRAMA DESK AWARDS 2015 – OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY, HELEN MIRREN

WINNER TONY AWARDS 2015 – BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY, HELEN MIRREN

WINNER TONY AWARDS 2015 – FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY, RICHARD MCCABE

NOMINATION TONY AWARDS 2015 – BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY, BOB CROWLEY

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