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We are delighted to announce that tickets for a special screening of The Audience, recorded by the National Theatre and starring Helen Mirren, are going on sale this weekend. Details below.

Showing @ Mareel: Thursday 4 July, 7.30pm Tickets on sale: Saturday 15 June, 2pm Ticket price: £10 / £8 Certificate: 12A Duration: 180 minutes

THE AUDIENCE by Peter Morgan

Helen Mirren as the Queen in The Audience

Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly anticipated West End production of The Audience, filmed live by National Theatre and showing at Mareel on Thursday 4 July.

For 60 years, Elizabeth II has met her prime minister in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. A meeting like none other in British public life, it is entirely private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said – not even to their spouses.

The Audience breaks this contract of silence and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the prime ministers and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each prime minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional. Sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive, the private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Twelve politicians have come and gone through the revolving door of electoral politics, but from young mother to grandmother, the Queen remains constant, waiting to welcome her next prime minister.

The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, following their collaboration on the critically acclaimed movie sensation The Queen. It is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry, and is presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Tickets available via Shetland Box Office in Mareel & Islesburgh, over the phone on 01595 745 555, or online at mareel.org & shetlandboxoffice.org.

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