Mirren hit play is latest ‘live’ stream

THE AUDIENCE by Peter Morgan,        , Writer _ Peter Morgan, Director - Stephan Daldry, Designer - Bob Crowley, Gielgud Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson/
THE AUDIENCE by Peter Morgan, , Writer _ Peter Morgan, Director - Stephan Daldry, Designer - Bob Crowley, Gielgud Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson/

The West End is coming to Scarborough – with a live streaming of The Audience, starring Helen Mirren, at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

The two-hour play in which Mirren reprises her role as the queen will be beamed from the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, on Thursday June 13 from 7pm.

For 60 years Queen Elizabeth has met each of her 12 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.

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 award-winning movie The Queen.

It is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours).

The latest streaming event has been made possible by new digital equipment installed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre earlier this year.