The Audience
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The Audience
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The Audience NYC Reviews and Tickets

89%
(58 Reviews)
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98%
Mixed
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Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

About the Show

Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's inside look at the relationships between royalty and government.

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Member Reviews (58)

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906 Reviews | 924 Followers
100
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Masterful

See it if Outstanding writing and acting. A tour de force!

Don't see it if Why would anyone not see this one?!

880 Reviews | 1014 Followers
88
Great acting, Great staging, Great costumes, Educational, Interesting

See it if You love Helen Mirren or great performances

Don't see it if You have no interest in seeing Helen Mirren

972 Reviews | 341 Followers
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Well written, Relevant, Touching

See it if you love Mirren (of course you do). I saw the British version (on film) & preferred it. But Bway's still great. E2 is a fascinating figure.

Don't see it if you are Anglophobic. Still, great acting, interesting structure, fabulous costumes, inspiring bio, lots of humor and history. Worth seeing. Read more

629 Reviews | 231 Followers
87
Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Profound

See it if You love British royalty and politics.

Don't see it if You dislike drawing room plays, even if they involve a good dose of comedy.

535 Reviews | 488 Followers
85
Funny, Resonant, Engaging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you have an interest in British politics (AND if you don't-- it's still a really engaging piece of theater without much prior knowledge).

Don't see it if you particularly DON'T like British politics.

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
90
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see Helen Mirren in a wonderful part for her. The play is interesting and even educational.

Don't see it if you don't care about the Queen of England or British history.

438 Reviews | 228 Followers
95
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a brilliant play and one of the best plays of the year.

Don't see it if You don't like the royal family, it is not your kind of play

Nic
457 Reviews | 87 Followers
84
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Overrated

See it if you love the thespian wonder that is Helen Mirren. This is all her, and she does not disappoint.

Don't see it if you can't, because its run has ended.

Critic Reviews (33)

The New York Times
March 8th, 2015

"'The Audience' allows the smashing Ms. Mirren to demonstrate her quick-change virtuosity in becoming the queen at different ages before our very eyes. Those transformations, accomplished with sleights of hand worthy of a master magician, are probably the most entertaining and satisfying aspects of 'The Audience'...You can also expect a lively and expansive tutorial on a number of subjects."
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Time Out New York
March 6th, 2015

"Whether you know your 20th-century Parliamentary history or simply get an Anglophile high from tea service and footmen in livery, Mirren rules in this engaging and humanizing retrospective. The Brits may sing about God saving their queen, but I think she takes care of herself just fine."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 8th, 2015

"'The Audience' relies on too many clichés of biodrama to hold itself together...So it’s really the Helen Mirren show, with her chorus line of prime ministers in black and gray setting off her brilliance. It’s dazzling fun. But for Mirren no less than the rest of the cast the play appears to be little more than a series of meaty and not especially difficult exercises; they invest a great deal of expertise and passion into the best possible rendering of the simplest possible tunes. "
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New Yorker
March 16th, 2015

"Working closely with Morgan’s long and essentially plotless script [Daldry] not only shows us how the scene is assembled but makes its construction part of his theatre magic, which is warmer than Brecht’s, but 'alienated,' too... There is nothing like watching a great director with a great star; the relationship can and often does transcend weak material. Morgan’s material is not lacklustre. There’s enough air in it for Mirren to interpret, and for Daldry to guide her interpretation and add an element that only the stage can contain: camp."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 8th, 2015

"'The Audience' remains an elegantly linked series of vignettes. Director Stephen Daldry appears to have felt the need to broaden the subtle comedy of his London hit for American tastes, which further exposes the patchwork nature of Morgan's writing. But it's an exemplary showcase for Mirren's cool authority, keen understanding of character and astonishing transformative skills."
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Entertainment Weekly
March 6th, 2015

"'The Audience' is, by definition, extremely British, and those versed in the Suez Crisis, the African misadventures of Thatcher’s son, and the differences between a snap- and by-election have an advantage. But if you came to see royalty—acting royalty, that is—this is an Audience worth seeking."
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Variety
March 8th, 2015

"Long live Queen Helen! Maybe she’ll add a Tony to her collection for her triumphant return to Buckingham Palace in 'The Audience'...The fundamental appeal for an audience is watching the various prime ministers display their goods for the Queen and observing Mirren’s subtle skills at adjusting her age, voice, physical presence and state of mind to reflect (or try to hide) her feelings about each of these politicians."
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The Observer
March 10th, 2015

"'The Audience' takes us candidly behind the scenes of Buckingham Palace for an exhilarating view...From Mr. Morgan’s astute writing and Stephen Daldry’s lively, keenly observant direction, we learn a lot...From start to finish, Helen Mirren explores every subtlety, every physical change...She is miraculous, and 'The Audience' is a royal evening indeed."
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