National Theatre's 'The Audience' shows June 15

Margaret Thatcher (Haydn Gwynne) and Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren).
Margaret Thatcher (Haydn Gwynne) and Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren).

The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center will showcase an encore presentation of Peter Morgan's new play "The Audience," starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, at 3 p.m. June 15.

Tickets are available at or at the Ross box office.

Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of "The Audience," broadcast as part of the "National Theatre Live" series.

For 60 years Elizabeth II has met each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. "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 "The Queen." "The Audience" is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry.

"National Theatre Live" is an initiative to broadcast live performances of plays from the National Theatre in London to cinema screens worldwide. Broadcasts in the first season (2009) were watched by more than 165,000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries. The broadcasts will also feature behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with artists.

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