The Audience

Helen Mirren again plays Queen Elizabeth II, this time over all sixty years of her reign. The play imagines what might have happened in her regular meetings with her many Prime Ministers. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always fascinating.  The playwright has managed to structure a series of meetings that jump back and forth in time, but remain a logical narrative. The use of a teenaged Elizabeth to permit the Queen to voice her personal opinions is very effective. Fortunately the young actress manages to hit all the right notes.  The rest of the cast are the usual stalwarts of British theatre. Excellent performances from all are expected and delivered. The National Theatre has certainly figured out how to do these live broadcasts!


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Audience

  1. keithhpotter says:

    I am continually amazed at what playwrights can use to produce fascinating pieces of theatre. HRH’s PR department must be delighted at how human and warm the Queen appears in Peter Morgan’s “The Audience”, with a little help from Helen Mirren, of course.

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