The Audience (Encore)

The Audience (Encore)
Helen Mirren

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26 August 2019
3pm | R120
The Fugard Bioscope

Story

Screened as part of the 2019 Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Live Encore Season. From the National Theatre.

Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the West End production of The Audience.

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.

Reviews

The Audience is going to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2013. - The Daily Mail
★★★★★ - Daily Telegraph, The Times
The first surefire, unstoppable hit of the year. - Observer
Helen Mirren once again gives a faultless performance. - Guardian
Stephen Daldry delivers a pitch-perfect production. - Daily Telegraph

Dates & Times

  • Dates

    26 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
  • Time

    3pm
  • Price

    R120
  • Language

    English

Cast & Creative

  • Cast

    • Helen MirrenQueen Elizabeth II
    • Rufus WrightDavid Cameron
    • Nathaniel ParkerGordon Brown
    • Paul RitterJohn Major
    • Haydn GwynneMargaret Thatcher
    • Edward FoxWinston Churchill
    • Harold WilsonRichard McCabe
    • David PeartJames Callaghan
    • Michael ElwynSir Anthony Eden
  • Creative

    • Peter MorganWriter
    • Stephen DaldryDirector
    • Bob CrowleyDesigner
    • Rick FisherLighting Designer
    • Paul ArdittiSound Designer

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