Posted on September 18, 2015, BY Staff

Nominated for three Tony Awards, The Audience sees Helen Mirren reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, following her Academy Award win for the same role in The Queen.

"Helen Mirren is smashing. Her Majesty will see you now," says The New York Times. For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what the group discusses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, to Tony Blair and 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.

The Audience received two 2015 Tony Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Helen Mirren), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role (Richard McCabe) and a nomination for Best Costume Design (Bob Crowley). The production has also been nominated for six Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Outstanding New Broadway Play), four Drama League Awards (including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play) and two Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Actress in a Play). The critics have been equally enthusiastic: "Helen Mirren is astonishing in Peter Morgan's splendid The Audience," says the Associated Press. "Helen Mirren rules in this engaging and humanizing retrospective," says Time Out New York. And Variety calls the production, "Royally entertaining." The Audience is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours). This encore screening features a live performance recorded during the original run of the production in London's West End in 2013.

NT Live productions are screened in more than 1,500 venues worldwide. Cameras are brought to the theatre one evening, and that live performance is seen via satellite throughout the world. U.S. theatres generally delay the broadcasts until the evening, or show the production on different days. These encore screenings are the original live satellite feeds; no editing takes place between the time of transmission and showing.

The National Theatre screenings are sponsored by the Bucknell University Departments of Art & Art History, Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, English and Theatre & Dance, along with the Bucknell Arts Council, the Bucknell Innovation Group and the Office of the Provost.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Admission
Adults: $15, Seniors: $12, Students: $10, $5 with ID. No advanced ticket purchases. Ages 12+

2015 Finale
On November 1, Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role in Hamlet, Shakespeare's great tragedy. This will last NT Live event in the fall will begin at 1 p.m.

2016 Preview
Jan. 31 — Coriolanus
Tom Hiddleston stars in Shakespeare's searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on hero and defender Coriolanus.

Feb. 14 — Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë's story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre's spirited heroine faces life's obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

April 3 — As You Like It
In Shakespeare's glorious comedy of love and change. Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. Disguising herself as a boy, Rosalind embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.

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