Culture at the Cinema continues to bring top theater performances to the big screen, with the next one slated for May 21.
Nominated for three Tony Awards, “The Audience” sees Helen Mirren reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, following her Academy Award win for the same role in “The Queen.” Encore screenings of the original West End production of “The Audience,” captured live in London in 2013, feature an exclusive Q&A with Stephen Daldry and Helen Mirren.
For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in private weekly meetings. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.
From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, and from Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with David Cameron, the queen advises her prime ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, in the film, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.
“The Audience” received three 2015 Tony Award nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Helen Mirren), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Richard McCabe) and Best Costume Design (Bob Crowley). The production was also nominated for six Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Outstanding New Broadway Play), four Drama League Awards (including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play) and two Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Actress in a Play).
“The Audience” was written by Peter Morgan (“The Queen”) and directed by two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours”), and was presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
Lauded by the Daily Telegraph as “Wholly tremendous” with a five-star review, this one showing will probably sell out, so it is recommended that tickets be bought early.
Tickets, available at the Regal Camana Bay Box Office, are $40 per person; the price includes a glass of bubbly. Only those 18 and older will be admitted; a full-service bar is available for drink purchases.
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