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Encore performances of Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II

THE AUDIENCE by Peter Morgan, , Writer _ Peter Morgan, Director - Stephan Daldry, Designer - Bob Crowley, Gielgud Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson/

By popular demand, two encore showings of “The Audience,” starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, have been added to Sierra Cinemas’ lineup this month. After two packed screenings in June, “The Audience” will return at 3:30 p.m. July 24 and again at 3:30 p.m. July 31.

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.

NT Live fans can also look forward to a strong lineup of shows coming in the fall, including “Othello,” starring Rory Kinnear (seen last year in NT Live’s Hamlet) and “Macbeth” (starring Kenneth Branagh).

NT Live performances are filmed in high definition and broadcast via satellite to almost 400 cinemas around the world, live in Europe and some U.S. cities and time-delayed in countries further afield. The performances at the National are nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium.

“The Audience” runs approximately two hours, 40 minutes, including intermission.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, children and students. For information, ticketing or to view the trailer, visit http://SierraTheaters.com or call 530-477-9000. Advanced tickets are also available at the Sierra Cinemas Box Office.

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