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The Audience @ Gielgud Theatre

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What Do The Queen and Cameron Really Talk About?
Helen Mirren, the audience, queen
Helen Mirren

It appears Helen Mirren was destined to play women of great importance. From the very beginning of her acting career, she has been a magnet for royal roles. Her first ever performance was as Cleopatra at the National Youth Theatre, and since then she has played many other monarchs, including Shakespeare's Gertrude, Elizabeth I, and most recently, our current Queen, Elizabeth II, in the 2006 film The Queen.

Once again, the famed actress is taking on that honorary role of the Queen in an up coming play directed by Stephen Daldry. Between the 15th of February and the 15th of June 2013, Gielgud Theatre will be home to The Audience.

Every week the Queen meets with the Prime Minister in private discussions about the running of the country. Over her sixty-year reign, she has conferred with twelve of our leaders in confidence.

Although we never know the details of those discussions, playwright, Peter Morgan has developed a story imagining the conversations held between Downing Street's incumbents and our Head of State. From Churchill to Cameron, The Audience revisits the history of Britain through political and personal discussions between the most influential people in our country.

Tickets are between 10-59, with shows running Monday to Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
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Why? See Mirren's interpretation of the Queen for a second time
When: 15th Feb - 15th June
Phone: 0844 482 5130
Where: Gielgud Theatre
Cost: 10-59
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