The live cinema broadcast of The Audience has yielded the highest audience yet for National Theatre Live. The broadcast of June 13, 2013 from London's Gielgud Theatre was seen by nearly 30,000 people in North America and nearly 80,000 people in the UK. David Sabel, executive producer of NT Live said it was "very exciting". He had expected a big number of viewers, "but it's turned out even greater than expected'' he said.

I'm pleased to inform you that there are now encore cinema screenings of the play planned - with nearly 800 in the UK and 700 in North America throughout the summer. So please make sure to check the NTL website for more broadscasts in a venue near your home town or maybe close to your holiday destination just in case you have missed the original transmission! The Audience played its final performance at London's Gielgud Theatre on June 15, 2013, and was directed by Stephen Daldry.

The Audience played its final performance at London’s Gielgud Theatre on June 15, starring internationally acclaimed actress Helen Mirren as The Queen, directed by Stephen Daldry, and won two 2013 Olivier Awards for Best Actress (Helen Mirren) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Richard McCabe). - See more at: http://www.boneaubryanbrown.com/blog/2013/06/national-theatre-live-announces-record-breaking-numbers-for-the-audience-and-new-titles-for-season-5-including-first-ever-broadcast-of-war-horse/#sthash.yy1PlGEb.dpuf
The Audience played its final performance at London’s Gielgud Theatre on June 15, starring internationally acclaimed actress Helen Mirren as The Queen, directed by Stephen Daldry, and won two 2013 Olivier Awards for Best Actress (Helen Mirren) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Richard McCabe). - See more at: http://www.boneaubryanbrown.com/blog/2013/06/national-theatre-live-announces-record-breaking-numbers-for-the-audience-and-new-titles-for-season-5-including-first-ever-broadcast-of-war-horse/#sthash.yy1PlGEb.dpuf

The Audience is an imaginary play revolving around the private weekly meetings between the monarch and Britain's prime ministers - her dirty dozen as they are referred to in the play - over her six-decade reign. Dame Helen Mirren won an Oliver Award in April 2013 for the role in which she easily jumps from a 20 year-old to today's Queen. Richard McCabe also won the Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Supporting Role. "You never quite know the ingredients that will make the recipe for success in theatre," says David Sabel. "But before 'The Audience' even opened, this felt like an incredibly exciting and tantalizing offer to see Helen play a role that she played so ironically on screen in her Oscar-winning performance."

The NTL shows several plays a year and they are broadcast to cinemas around the world, using multiple cameras, tracking shots and close-ups. So basically you do get the best seat in the house. It all started from an initial 280 cinemas, and now the broadcast reaches almost 700 venues in 25 countries. David Sabel explains that seeing a play screened in a cinema is "not a second-best experience. It's just a different experience. It reminds people of the excitement of going to live theatre." And in fact he's right - at least from what I can tell the 120 people in my cinema applauded in each scene as if they would have been in the theatre. A cinematic theatre experience to remember.

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