London's National Theatre Live in HD: The Audience
Thursday, June 13, 2013
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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, broadcast as part of National Theatre Live. Tickets are $18 ($15 members and students). Click here to order tickets or call 413 458 0524. Approximate running time is 145 minutes.
For sixty years, Elizabeth II has held weekly meetings with each of her twelve Prime Ministers at Buckingham Palace—a meeting like no other in British public life. 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, imagining a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional—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.