Helen Mirren Stars as Queen Elizabeth II in NT Live in HD Broadcast
Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience” to be broadcast at 2 p.m. (live) and 7 p.m. (encore) on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts 0as part of its National Theatre Live in HD series. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students and children.
The live performance originates live from London's Gielgud Theatre, renamed in honor of British actor John Gielgud in 1994. "The deliciously frilly and ornate columned and arched Gielgud theatre takes pride of place on Shaftesbury Avenue, on the corner of Rupert Street," notes the Theatre's website. The critically acclaimed production has earned “5 Stars” from the Daily Telegraph and The Times and “4 Stars” from the Evening Standard, Independent, and Metro, which says “Helen Mirren dazzles again as Queen.” Independent agrees: “Helen Mirren makes ‘The Audience’ a right-royal night out.”
This highly anticipated West End production of The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically acclaimed movie sensation The Queen. Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) directs the production that the Daily Mail predicts as becoming “one of the theatrical highlights of 2013.”
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 The Queen remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.
Photo: Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. Photo © by Johann Persson