Helen Mirren reprises her role as Elizabeth II in the world premiere of The Audience, a new play written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry. The show runs from 15 February 2013.
The new play will look at The Queen’s relationships with the twelve Prime Ministers who have served during her sixty year reign. Each week she has met with the nation’s Prime Minister at Buckingham Palace - both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, even to their spouses.
The Audience breaks this contract of
silence and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Prime
Ministers 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. In turn, the Queen
can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on
Helen Mirren photo by Giles Keyte
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.
Helen Mirren famously played Elizabeth II on screen in The Queen, also written by Peter Morgan. The Audience's director, Stephen Daldry, is well-known for his stage and screen achievements – which include Billy Elliot the film as well as the musical, The Hours and The Reader – as well as his work as Creative Executive Producer of the ceremonies that opened and closed the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Those who wish to get an even more intimate insight into the lives of the Royal Family can visit their palaces and residences all over Britain. Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s official London residence, is closed to the public during the winter months (opening again in July) however it is possible to visit Europe’s longest-occupied castle (used by monarchs since the time of Henry I), Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Monarch’s official residence in Scotland. This year Windsor Castle will hold The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch (23 Nov 2012 - 9 June 2013), an exhibition looking at the diverse ways Elizabeth II has been represented by artists including Cecil Beaton, Lucian Freud and Andy Warhol, whose monumental screen-prints of The Queen were recently acquired by the Royal Collection. Perhaps the most fascinating place to learn about the lives of The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh is at the Royal Yacht Britannia, aboard which many members of the Royal Family spent time travelling the world. Now located in Leith, Edinburgh, the Royal Yacht is one of Scotland’s most popular attractions, where visitors can even take a look at The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s bedrooms, which each had decorated in their own strikingly different styles.
The Audience will be at the Gielgud
Theatre, London. 15 February 2013 – 15 June 2013.
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