March 14, 2013

Helen Mirren's The Audience

Dame Helen Mirren plays the Queen again in Peter Morgan's play The Audience.  It's directed by Stephen Daldry at the National Theatre.  From the press notes:

"For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience 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 – 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 – 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."

What's incredible for us across the pond, the National Theatre will broadcast the play in cinemas on June 13th!  To get tickets and find more info on this broadcast, please click here.


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