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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Hey Theatre Lovers,

Tonight is one of your last chances to catch Helen Mirren in the National Theatre Live production of The Audience. The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan with Mirren, reprising her Academy Award-winning role for this West End production. Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours), this powerful look inside Buckingham Palace is not to be missed! Only two more presentations, catch it tonight or Saturday, August 3rd. Purchase advance tickets now.

Also in August, we’re presenting the second installment of the MusicEmotion. In these unique programs from Europe’s premier symphony, the world’s leading conductors bring classical masterpieces to cinematic life. In Program 2, Bobby McFerrin (Who achieved worldwide fame and success with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”) conducts an eclectic mix, including an improvised riff on classics by Vivaldi. Purchase advance tickets now.

Tuesday, July 16th – Monday, July 22nd, 2013

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National Theatre Live presents The Audience

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National Theatre Live will broadcast the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience, with Helen Mirren reprising her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II, performed in London’s Gielgud Theatre.

The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen.

The Audience is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

The Audience

A film by Stephen Daldry starring Helen Mirren, Edward Fox


National Theatre Live is an exciting initiative to broadcast live performances of the best of British Theatre to cinemas around the world.

“Funny and truthful, good-hearted, spiky, full of surprises. I loved every minute.”
The Times (UK)

Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience.

For sixty years, Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Prime Minister and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.



Program 2: Bobby McFerrin conducts an eclectic mix


The concerto by Bobby McFerrin was an important moment of opening up to new musical works for the orchestra and the Milanese public.

  • Leonard Bernstein, Candide, Overture
  • Gabriel Fauré, Pavane op.50
  • Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto per due violoncelli, archi e continuo RV 531
  • Bobby McFerrin, Solo Improvisations
  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Symphony no.4 op.90 Italiana

The dialogue with jazz and other forms of musical at La Scala has been sporadic, but always of the highest quality: for example, the concerts by Keith Jarrett, Bobby McFerrin and Stefano Bollani in 2012.

McFerrin’s career — marked by collaborations with the jazz and pop greats, 10 Grammy Awards and sales over 20 million records — took an unexpected turn after the worldwide success of the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. Bobby studied conducting (including with Leonard Bernstein) and worked with the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Wiener Philharmoniker. At La Scala, Bobby conducted the orchestra, but also sang the part of the second violoncello in a concert of Vivaldi’s music and also improvised, inviting the orchestra and the audience to join him in a decidedly unusual musical experience.


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