National Theatre Live to Broadcast Live Performance of THE AUDIENCE at London's Gielgud Theatre, June 13
Internationally acclaimed actress Helen Mirren's performance as The Queen in the world premiere of Peter Morgan's THE AUDIENCE, directed by Stephen Daldry, will be seen by cinema audiences worldwide when National Theatre Live broadcasts the play live from London's Gielgud Theatre on June 13, 2013, with varying dates internationally and encore screenings throughout the summer. THE AUDIENCE reunites Mirren and Morgan after collaborating on the 2006 film The Queen, in which Mirren also portrayed Elizabeth II, winning the Academy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and BAFTA Awards for Best Actress for her performance. For their performances in THE AUDIENCE, both Mirren and Richard McCabe (as former Prime Minister Harold Wilson) won 2013 Olivier Awards for Best Actress and Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
THE AUDIENCE marks National Theatre Live's third partnership with another British theatre production, following the highly successful broadcasts of the Donmar Warehouse's King Lear with Derek Jacobi and Complicite's A Disappearing Number. Since its first season, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre also starring Helen Mirren, over 1.3 million people have now experienced the National's work on movie screens worldwide.
Many additional venues and encore dates have recently been added to The National Theatre Live broadcast of THE AUDIENCE, including some of the nation's top cinema chains, Carmike, National Amusements and Landmark.
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. In turn, the Queen can't help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases.
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.
The cast also includes EdWard Fox as Winston Churchill, Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy as Winston Churchill, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Paul Ritter as John Major and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. The Equerry is Geoffrey Beevers with Nell Williams as Young Elizabeth.
For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check: www.ntlive.com
Ticket prices vary by venue. The average ticket price is $20. Contact local venues for ticket information.
THE AUDIENCE is now running at London's Gielgud Theatre and is currently booking to June 15, 2013 (www.theaudienceplay.com). Designs are by Bob Crowley, lighting is by Rick Fisher and sound is by Paul Arditti; it is produced in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
- NYU Skirball Center for the Arts (New York, NY) - June 13 at 7pm and June 14 at 7pm
- Symphony Space (New York, NY) - June 27 at 7pm; June 30 at 7pm; July 10 at 7pm; July 21 at 2pm; July 24 at 7pm; August 14 at 2pm; and August 24 at 1pm
- Cinemas 123 (New York, NY) - June 13 at 7pm and June 16 at 2pm
- BAM (The Brooklyn Academy Of Music - Brooklyn, NY) - June 15 at 10am
- Kew Gardens Cinema (Queens, NY) - June 13 at 2pm and 7pm
- James Bridges Theater, UCLA (Los Angeles, CA) - June 28 at 8pm; June 29 at 4pm and 8pm; and June 30 at 4pm
- Downtown Independent (Los Angeles, CA) - June 13 at 11am; June 30 at 2:30 pm; July 21 at 2:30pm; August 4 at 2:30pm; August 18 at 2:30pm; and September 1 at 2:30pm
- Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (Berkeley, CA) - June 18 at 7pm; June 19 at 7pm; June 20 at 1pm and 7pm; July 9 at 7pm; and July 11 at 7pm
- Kabuki Cinemas (San Francisco, CA) - June 29 at 12:30pm; July 1 at 7:30pm; and July 13 at 12:30pm
- Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC) - July 22 at 7:30pm and July 27 at 8pm
- SIFF Cinema (Seattle, WA) - June 28 at 6pm; June 29 at 12:30 pm; June 29 at 6pm; June 30 at 12:30pm; June 30 at 6pm; July 1 at 6pm; July 2 at 6pm; July 3 at 6pm; July 4 at 12:30pm; and July 4 at 6pm
- Coolidge Corner Theatre (Brookline, MA) - June 13 at 7pm; June 25 at 7pm; and July 11 at 7pm
- Louis and Barber Theatre, Northwestern University (Chicago, IL) - July 1 at 7pm and August 6 at 7pm
- Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ) - June 27 at 2pm and June 28 at 2pm
- Angelika Film Center & Café (Houston, TX) - June 27 at 7pm and June 29 at 2pm
- Sundance Cinemas Houston (Houston, TX) - June 29 at 12:30pm and July 1 at 7:15pm