Culture at the Cinema: The Audience

Culture at the Cinema continues to bring top theater performances to the big screen, with the next one slated for May 21. Nominated for three Tony Awards, The Audience sees Helen Mirren reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II.

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The play

For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve 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 the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, and Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent 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.

The Audience has received three 2015 Tony Award nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Helen Mirren), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Richard McCabe) and Best Costume Design (Bob Crowley). The production has also been nominated for six Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Outstanding New Broadway Play), four Drama League Awards (including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play) and two Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Actress in a Play).

The Audience is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours), and was presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

Tickets are available through the Regal Camana Bay Box Office and are $40 per person which includes a glass of bubbly. Only 18 and older will be admitted and there is a full service bar available for drink purchase. For more information, see www.bigscreen.ky.