The power of live high-definition broadcasts will allow the audience at The Ridgefield Playhouse to experience the best of British theatre on Saturday, July 20, at 6:30pm with a screening of “The Audience.” Renowned actress Helen Mirren stars in the play, and the Playhouse will stream her performance live from Britain’s National Theatre in London. Writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Mirren follow their collaboration on the critically acclaimed movie The Queen with “the Audience.”
Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of “The Audience” at London’s Gielgud Theatre. 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 due to its closed-door policy. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said––not even to their spouses. “The Audience” breaks this contract of silence, imagining 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” is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and presented by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox, and Andy Harries.
For tickets to “The Audience,” call the box office at (203)438-5795 or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge in Ridgefield, Connecticut.