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The Audience shows Sunday at Palace Cineplex

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Academy Award Award winner Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Audience'.
John Major (Paul Ritter, left) and Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) in a scene from 'The Audience'.

"Wholly tremendous." - Daily Telegraph

"Funny and truthful, good-hearted, spiky, full of surprises. I loved every minute." - The Times

Take a peek into the most private meeting in the world this Sunday at 11:30 a.m., when Palace Cineplex showcases an encore performance of National Theatre Live's broadcast of the original West End production of The Audience. Featuring Helen Mirren's multi-award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, it returns to cinemas in celebration of the monarch's 90th birthday.

Written by Peter Morgan and winner of three Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards, The Audience has broken the box office record for a National Theatre (NT) Live broadcast.

Dame Helen Mirren is a British actress best known as one of Hollywood's revered leading ladies. Her career in film began as an extension of her stage career, for which she has racked up an impressive body of work and awards, spanning numerous productions in the London's West End.

In 2007, Mirren copped her first Academy Award for her riveting portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen and was also given the nod as Best Actress at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors' Guild in that same year. She also earned a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in the HBO movie Elizabeth I.

In 2015, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (after two previous nominations) for her performance in The Audience, in which she also portrayed Elizabeth II. Peter Morgan also wrote The Queen.

Mirren's 112 awards and 117 nominations include three Oscar nominations, two Golden Globes and Four BAFTA Awards. Her abundance of award-winning works led to her investiture as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2003.

When Morgan decided to bring another piece of work based on the Queen to the stage, Mirren seemed like the most logical choice for the lead, but she was reluctant. She had won an Oscar for her performance in The Queen, but wasn't keen to take on the role of the reigning monarch again.

"I was very wary. It's revisiting a role and a person and it gained such attention last time," she says. "It's not as if I would slip under the radar." However, the opportunity of working with the talented team assembled for The Audience was not one she could walk away from and Mirren signed on.

Morgan's vision of the new play was a fresh canvas with novel challenges. In The Audience, Mirren is cast as Queen Elizabeth II from 25 to 87 years olf and projected in one of the most long-standing yet shifting relationships of her life - her weekly audiences with her prime ministers. Morgan's script makes informed speculations about what might have occurred during these confidential meetings.

Tickets are on sale at the box office of the Palace Cineplex and via the Web at with a Palace Card or any major credit card.