The Audience starring Helen Mirren broadcast to cinemas
Peter Morgan's new play The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as the Queen, will be live streamed to cinemas on 13 June 2013 via the NT Live initiative.
This will be NT Live's third partnership with an out-of-house production and will play live from the West End's Gielgud Theatre, with dates and times varying internationally.
Directed by Stephen Daldry, the play breaks the contract of silence and reveals a series of pivotal meetings between various Downing Street incumbents and their Queen.
From Churchill to Cameron, each conversation reveals a soundboard and confessional moment that shows a complex side to the Queen who consoles, advises and on occasions, teases. From young mother to grandmother these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age.
Mirren won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Morgan-scripted film The Queen.
The cast also includes Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy as Winston Churchill, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Paul Ritter as John Major and Rufus Wright as David Cameron; The Equerry is Geoffrey Beevers with Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber and Nell Williams alternating as Young Elizabeth.
Currently booking to 15 June 2013, The Audience is designed by Bob Crowley with lighting is by Rick Fisher and sound by Paul Arditti. It is produced in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
- Katie Parker