35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue
(3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along the side where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 13th February 2013|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 15th June 2013|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
Back in 2006 audiences flocked to cinemas to witness Helen Mirren take on her defining role of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen” from screenwriter Peter Morgan. The movie would receive a great deal of attention, earning Mirren an Academy Award and BAFTA, and ensured that audiences would remember this role for years to come.
With this in mind audiences are likely to flock to pick up theatre tickets to the new show headed to the Gielgud Theatre in February 2013. Peter Morgan’s new play “The Audience” is set to land at the venue and it will see Mirren return to this signature role and give audiences an insight into the secret meetings between the Monarch and the UK’s Prime Ministers during her reign.
As such, “The Audience” looks at her long reign on the throne and, in particular, these secret meetings that are always shrouded in mystery. The public is never informed as to their content and even spouses are supposedly kept in the dark, so Peter Morgan has been forced to imagine what must have taken place from scratch. So expect appearances from actors playing many well known PMs, from Winston Churchill through to the modern leader David Cameron.
Dame Helen Mirren has played a range of roles over her extensive career, which has included early appearances on the stage (such as “Anthony and Cleopatra” at the Old Vic Theatre in 1965) and recent appearances on the screen (including the upcoming “Hitchcock”). Though “The Queen” is one of her most famous roles in recent years, she has also appeared in “The Madness of King George”, “2010: The Year We Make Contact” and “Gosford Park”, among others. Her stage roles over the years have included “Phedre” at the Lyttelton National Theatre, “Mourning Becomes Electra” at the Lyttelton National Theatre and “Orpheus Descending” at the Donmar Warehouse, alongside roles on the other side of the Atlantic as well.
So London theatre audiences will have another chance to see Helen Mirren as Her Majesty the Queen in “The Audience” when it runs at the West End’s Gielgud Theatre from Tuesday 5th March 2013 (previews from Friday 15th February 2013).