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Catch Helen Mirren on stage in ‘The Audience’ this week

National Theatre Live returns to movie screens this week, as Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly anticipated West End production of “The Audience,” broadcast around the world and in Grass Valley. “The Audience” will show at Sierra Cinemas at 7:15 p.m. Thursday (June 13) and again at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For 60 years, Elizabeth II has met each of her 12 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.

“The Audience” runs approximately three hours including intermission. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, children and students.


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The Union Updated Jun 13, 2013 03:38AM Published Jun 18, 2013 02:05PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.