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The Audience - 2015 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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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. Academy Award winner Helen Mirren returns to Broadway, and the throne, in a riveting new play by Peter Morgan, the writer of the Academy Award-nominated film, The Queen. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, An Inspector Calls), THE AUDIENCE takes theatregoers behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II as she meets with each of her Prime Ministers, from when she was a young mother to now as a Great Grandmother. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, through the charm offensive of 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. You cannot miss the performance that had London on its feet: Helen Mirren in THE AUDIENCE.

History:

Premiere
Run Type:Limited Run
Market:Broadway
Previews: February 14, 2015
Closing:June 28, 2015

Running Time:

Two hours and 15 minutes

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (Broadway)

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236 West 45th St.
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Featured Reviews For The Audience


'The Audience': Theater Review - Hollywood Reporter
Morgan's take on the Queen in these fictionalized meetings is daubed in skewed sentiment, but Mirren sells it with impeccable finesse. The playwright finds poignancy in his protagonist's indebtedness to Major for guiding her through the public's growing distance from the monarchy, as well as in her understated but evident affection for Wilson, who starts their association on the defensive but forges a relaxed camaraderie as he shares his self-doubts. McCabe and Baker take full advantage of playing the most fully drawn of the PM characters, giving relatable performances that provide an entertaining counterpoint to Mirren's poise.

The Audience - TimeOut NY
Exuding perfect regal frostiness while letting us glimpse the lonely person underneath, Mirren transforms brilliantly (helped by lightning-fast costume changes) from the grandmotherly 69-year-old comforting an insecure John Major (Dylan Baker) to the 25-year-old heir apparent nervously schooled by Winston Churchill (Dakin Matthews). Richard McCabe's sly-boots Labour PM Harold Wilson teases her with obvious affection, and she nimbly defends herself against the fire-breathing Margaret Thatcher (Judith Ivey).


 



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by BWW Special Coverage - June 28, 2015
Peter Morgan's The Audience, starring Helen Mirren and directed by Stephen Daldry, began previews on February 14 and opened on March 8 at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). The production closes today, June 28, and below, BroadwayWorld takes you back to the play's beginning on the Great White Way!
by BWW News Desk - June 25, 2015
Beginning today, June 25, National Theatre Live will present encore screenings of Peter Morgan's The Audience, starring Academy & Tony Award winner Helen Mirren, and directed by Stephen Daldry, to select cinema screens in markets internationally. These screenings will include an exclusive In Conversation with Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren.
by Rufus Wright - June 23, 2015
Academy Award winner Helen Mirren returns to Broadway as Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's The Audience, which just opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Playing one of Her Majesty's twelve Prime Ministers is Rufus Wright, who takes his audience with the Queen nightly as the UK's current PM, David Cameron.
by Tyler Peterson - June 22, 2015
Beginning this Thursday, June 25, National Theatre Live will present encore screenings of Peter Morgan's The Audience, starring Academy & Tony Award winner Helen Mirren, and directed by Stephen Daldry, to select cinema screens in markets internationally. These screenings will include an exclusive In Conversation with Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren. For participating venues and tickets, visit www.ntlive.com. Click here to watch the trailer.
by Caryn Robbins - June 19, 2015
While speaking at The Wrap's Power Woman Breakfast in New York City on Tuesday, recent Tony Award winner Helen Mirren had some strong words to share about rampant ageism in Hollywood.
by Caryn Robbins - June 18, 2015
Below, watch a sneak peek at Sunday's all new AMERICAN ODYSSEY ON NBC, featuring series regular Sadie Sink, currently starring in Broadway's The Audience as young Queen Elizabeth.
by Rufus Wright - June 16, 2015
Academy Award winner Helen Mirren returns to Broadway as Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's The Audience, which just opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Playing one of Her Majesty's twelve Prime Ministers is Rufus Wright, who takes his audience with the Queen nightly as the UK's current PM, David Cameron.
by Rufus Wright - June 9, 2015
Follow along as Wright takes us behind the scenes of The Audience's Broadway journey with 'Diary of an Englishman in New York'. Be sure to check back weekly for his latest installments!
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 8, 2015
?THE AUDIENCE's Richard McCabe just accepted the 2015 Tony Award for Featured Actor in a Play for his role as Prime Minister Harold Wilson. He re-joined THE AUDIENCE after the London production for which he won an Olivier Award for best supporting actor. This is his Broadway debut. BroadwayWorld caught up with McCabe in the winners' room right after his speech - click below to hear his thoughts on his Tony win!
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 8, 2015
THE AUDIENCE's Helen Mirren won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play last night. BroadwayWorld caught up with her in the winners' room right after her speech - click below for the actress' reaction to her new achievement!
by Rufus Wright - June 2, 2015
Follow along as Wright takes us behind the scenes of The Audience's Broadway journey with 'Diary of an Englishman in New York'. Be sure to check back weekly for his latest installments!
by Rufus Wright - May 26, 2015
Follow along as Wright takes us behind the scenes of The Audience's Broadway journey with 'Diary of an Englishman in New York'. Be sure to check back weekly for his latest installments!
by Rufus Wright - May 19, 2015
Follow along as Wright takes us behind the scenes of The Audience's Broadway journey with 'Diary of an Englishman in New York'. Be sure to check back weekly for his latest installments!
by Sally Henry Fuller - May 17, 2015
Sara Ramirez picked the right night to attend THE AUDIENCE.
by Walter McBride - May 13, 2015
Just yesterday, Sardi's Restaurant unveiled a new caricature for 2015 Tony nominee and star of The Audience, Helen Mirren. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the special celebration!
by Rufus Wright - May 12, 2015
Follow along as Wright takes us behind the scenes of The Audience's Broadway journey with 'Diary of an Englishman in New York'. Be sure to check back weekly for his latest installments!

The Audience Frequently Asked Questions

What Tony Awards has The Audience been nominated for?
Best Costume Design of a Play for Bob Crowley.

What other awards has The Audience been nominated for?
Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Bob Crowley, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Richard McCabe, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Helen Mirren, Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for Peter Morgan, Outstanding Costume Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Bob Crowley, Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Stephen DaldryOutstanding Lighting Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Rick Fisher and Outstanding New Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Audience.

What awards has The Audience been nominated for?
Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Bob Crowley, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Richard McCabe, Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Helen Mirren, Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for Peter Morgan, Outstanding Costume Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Bob Crowley, Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Stephen DaldryOutstanding Lighting Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Rick Fisher and Outstanding New Broadway Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Audience.

What productions of The Audience have there been?
The Audience has had 2 productions including West End which opened in 2013 and Broadway which opened in 2015.