The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as the Queen, has broken the box office record for a National Theatre Live broadcast, drawing an audience of more than 110,000 worldwide.
Helen Mirren reprised 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.
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.
The play’s producer, Matthew Byam Shaw of Playful Productions, told The Guardian, “NT Live has a genuine sense of event and a frisson of liveness. We would definitely do it again and, because of the positive word-of-mouth regarding the live broadcast, the repeat showings are selling fantastically well.”