Broadway Review: The Audience

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The Audience

My Thoughts:The Audience is spectacular and a must watch. It really has all the elements. Of course the first and main draw is Helen Mirren recreating her Oscar winning role as the Queen of England. She doesn’t disappoint, she gives a tour de force performance. As good as she was she actually exceeded my expectations. She defies age in her role, acting as Queen Elizabeth aged 30-80ish and the changes are astounding and spectacular (mayor props to the hair design department!) . She truly embodies all the ages, which is no easy task. However, the play is not just some background for Helen Mirren to shine. Peter Morgan’s writing is superb. It is witty and engaging, and makes some dense political topic, intelligently smart. I laughed much more often than i was expecting to. I also have to commend the rest of the actors. They hold their own against Helen Mirren’s performance and that is not an easy thing to do! In short – if you get tickets run to see this, you will not be dissapointed.  Side note: I would like to thank the producers for including in the playbill the handy guide to Britain’s Prime Ministers (also on the website). I am embarrassed to say it definitely filled some holes in my history, as The Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher time was a bit of a blur for me.

Official Description: For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren returns to Broadway, and the throne, in a riveting new play by Peter Morgan, the writer of the Academy Award-nominated film, The Queen. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, An Inspector Calls), THE AUDIENCE takes theatregoers behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II as she meets with each of her Prime Ministers, from when she was a young mother to now as a Great Grandmother. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, through the charm offensive of Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. You cannot miss the performance that had London on its feet: Helen Mirren in THE AUDIENCE

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