The Audience - National Theatre Live

Fine Arts Center

The Audience with Helen Mirren in her Tony Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth as recorded live at the National Theatre. This showing is sponsored by the McMillan Memorial Library Endowment Fund.

Winner of three Tony Awards® and two Olivier Awards, National Theatre Live’s smash-hit broadcast of the original West End production of The Audience - featuring Helen Mirren’s multi-award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II - returns to cinemas in celebration of the monarch’s 90th birthday. Written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours), these special encore screenings include an exclusive Q&A with Helen Mirren and director Stephen Daldry.

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. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, 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. The Audience was presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

About the series.

About National Theatre Live: This is a broadcast of a live National Theatre production. Each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, where cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that later audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time. McMillan Library is one of many world-wide sites (but only three public libraries) that show these recordings.

For educators:  Lesson plan and resources. Behind the scenes at the National Theatre. More about the cast and play.