NT Live: The Audience

About the film

Release Date: Jul 18, 2019
Rating: CTC
Runtime: 164 mins
Director: Stephen Daldry
Actors: Helen Mirren, Haydn Gwyn, Robert Hardy, Richard McCabe
Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen), plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Tony Award®-winning production of The Audience.

Captured live from London’s West End in 2013, the original broadcast returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.

From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher and finally David Cameron, the Queen advises her prime ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

★★★★★ ‘Wholly tremendous... Helen Mirren once again giving a magnificent performance as the Queen.’
Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ ‘Funny and truthful, good-hearted, spiky, full of surprises. I loved every minute.’ The Times
★★★★ ‘Helen Mirren makes The Audience a right-royal night out.’ Independent
★★★★ ‘Helen Mirren dazzles again as Queen.’ Metro

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