NT Live is the live broadcast series of the National Theatre in London, England. The June 13th screening is sold out, so get your ticket for the 25th now. (There is also a July 11th screening if you can't make this one.)
Fun fact: At one performance, Helen Mirren awesomely stopped the play to yell at street performers outside the theater to quiet down, because she couldn't hear her co-stars' dialog. It's probably too much to hope for we'll see that at this screening!
About the play/film:
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.
We'll meet before the play at Panera for a quick bite and leave for the theater at 6:30.
Hope to see you there, and remember to get your ticket early!