Helen Mirren, direct from London

The Holon Cinematheque presents a simulcast of Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in the play ‘The Audience.’

By HELEN KAYE
August 3, 2016 20:16
Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren. (photo credit: TREVOR LEIGHTON)

On August 18, the Holon Cinematheque will present a one-timeonly screening of a live performance at London’s national theater of Peter Morgan’s play The Audience, starring Dame Helen Mirren for the second time as Queen Elizabeth II. Her first portrayal was in the film The Queen (1986), also by Morgan.

Every week since her accession in 1952, Queen Elizabeth has held a weekly meeting, called an audience, with the then current prime minister, 12 all together, starting with the incumbent Winston Churchill through Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and David Cameron.

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The Audience is a record of those meetings whose history and politics are factual, although the dialogue is imagined because the actual verbal contents of these meetings were, are, and remain completely secret.

The Audience, which premiered in 2013, played to rapturous reviews on the West End and on Broadway. Mirren won the Olivier and the Tony Award for her performance, which she can add to the Best Actress Oscar she won for the movie The Queen.


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