By Andrew Gans
and Mark Shenton
21 Feb 2013
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
The screening is scheduled for June 13, as part of the National Theatre Live series. Encore screenings will be presented throughout the summer. The play features Mirren reprising the role of Queen Elizabeth II for which she won the 2006 Academy Award (for Best Actress for "The Queen," also scripted by Morgan).
Stephen Daldry directs the play, which imagines a series of pivotal meetings between Her Majesty the Queen and various prime ministers in their weekly meetings, which have hitherto been entirely secret. According to press materials, The Audience "breaks this contract of silence. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional - sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can't help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases."
Mirren is joined by Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy as Winston Churchill, Paul Ritter as John Major, Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown and Rufus Wright as David Cameron.
Gwynne previously worked with Daldry on the original West End and Broadway productions of Billy Elliot, in which she originated the role of Mrs. Wilkinson. She has also appeared on both sides of the Atlantic playing Queen Elizabeth I in Richard III for Sam Mendes' Bridge Project.
Ritter was most recently in the National's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, where his credits have also included The Hothouse, The Reporter, The Coast of Utopia, Howard Katz and Coram Boy. He was also seen in the Old Vic production of Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests, which transferred to Broadway's Circle in the Square.
Hardy has played Churchill seven times before on stage and screen, including "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years" and most recently in Celui qui a dit Non in Paris in French.
Elwyn returns to the theatre having more recently been seen on television in shows that include "The Syndicate," "Da Vinci's Demons," "EastEnders," "Stella" and "Seven Lives."
Parker has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End and on Broadway. TV credits include leading roles in the BBC's adaptations of "Vanity Fair," "The Nuremburg Trials" and "Bleak House" and for seven years he played the lead role in "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries."
Wright's theatre credits include The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre, Frost/Nixon and Mary Stuart both for Donmar Warehouse and in the West End and Journey's End at the Playhouse and Duke of York's Theatres.
The Audience is produced in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 4825130, or visit www.theaudienceplay.com for more details.
For information on NT Live, which is supported by Aviva, visit www.ntlive.com.