WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will air "The Audience," broadcast live from London’s National Theatre, on Thursday, June 13 at 2 p.m.
Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in playwright Peter Morgan’s West End production, directed by Stephen Daldry.
For 60 years, Elizabeth II has held weekly meetings with each of her twelve Prime Ministers at Buckingham Palace - a meeting like no other in British public life. It is 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, imagining a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents 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. From young mother to grandmother, private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while the queen remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.
The Clark is located at 225 South St. Tickets are $18 ($15 members and students). To order tickets or for more info: clarkart.edu, 413-458-0524.