The Royal National Theatre, known to most as the National Theatre, is one of the two prominent publicly funded theatre companies alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. The National Theatre has been presenting performances of Shakespeare and other international classic drama since 1963. Then in 2009, the theatre began a program of simulcasts of their live performances to cinemas around the world. The first National Theatre Live (NTL) performance, Phedre starring Helen Mirren, was screened live in 70 countries across the UK. Since then, NTL productions have been broadcast to over 700 venues in 22 countries around the world. Coming to the Browning Cinema the first week in September, Helen Mirren stars again in the highly-anticipated performance of The Audience.
“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.”
The Audience, September 5th-8th, in the Browning Cinema.