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Come enjoy an Audience with the queen

Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience -
Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience
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For 60 years Elizabeth II has met each of her 12 prime ministers in a weekly private audience at Buckingham Palace.

Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said — not even to their spouses.

On Friday, you get a chance to break that contract — or at least an imaginary version of it — thanks to the last National Theatre Live broadcast at the Cowichan Theatre.

Helen Mirren reprises her Oscar-winning turn as the British monarch in The Audience.

"From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive," promotional material states. "From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant."

The Audience reunites Mirren writer Peter Morgan, writer of the movie The Queen in a stage production directed by director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours).

It will be broadcast in high definition on the Cowichan Theatre big screen 7 p.m. Friday.

For ticket info, call 250-748-7529 2687.

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