The Audience
13 June 2013
International Encore Screenings

The Audience

A new play by Peter Morgan

National Theatre Live broadcast the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience, with Helen Mirren reprising her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II, live from London's Gielgud Theatre on 13 June, 2013.

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Wholly tremendous.

Daily Telegraph

Funny and truthful, good-hearted, spiky, full of surprises. I loved every minute.

The Times

Helen Mirren makes The Audience a right-royal night out.


Helen Mirren dazzles again as Queen.


‘I’m absolutely an Elizabethan.’ The Toronto Star finds out why Helen Mirren couldn’t resist putting on the crown again

Toronto Star

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‘In The Audience I live the life of the Queen.’ Helen Mirren speaks to the Russian press [Article in Russian]


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‘May I speak freely, your majesty?’ The Audience script adviser Vernon Bogdanor explains the tradition behind the play

The Telegraph

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The Queen gives Mirren another audienceAustralia’s The Age speaks to The Audience’s writer Peter Morgan and Helen Mirren

The Age

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‘Helen Mirren gets angry when I make changes’The LA Times speaks to writer Peter Morgan about his ever-evolving new play The Audience

Los Angeles Times

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The Daily Telegraph’s video review of The Audience

Daily Telegraph

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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 live from London’s Gielgud Theatre as part of National Theatre Live on 13 June, 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 she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.

The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen.

The Audience is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

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