National Theatre Live offers encore of Helen Mirren in ‘The Audience’

Helen Mirren stars in the Broadway production of "The Audience." She won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Drama for her performance.
Helen Mirren stars in the Broadway production of “The Audience.” She won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Drama for her performance.

If you can’t get to Broadway to see Helen Mirren in her Tony Award-winning performance in “The Audience,” National Theatre Live is offering an encore presentation of the Olivier Award-winning London performance at venues around the world beginning June 25.

Both the London and Broadway productions include Olivier and Tony awards winner  Richard McCabe, who portrays Harold Wilson in Peter Morgan’s 2013 play.

I saw the NTL showing at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, when it first was offered. As a fan of English history and fan of Helen Mirren, I loved it. Even better, I think director Stephen Daldry is a genius and have admired his work for years as well as the work of six-time Tony Award-winning set and costume designer Bob Crowley.  It boasts one of the most remarkable onstage costume changes I’ve seen in more than 40 years of theatergoing — a mature Queen Elizabeth changing into her younger self in seconds.

Click here to find a venue near you. At least I hope you find one. Tickets are usually $22 for adults, cheaper for students.

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