Already closed | 2h 20m | Midtown W

The Audience

From 57 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting, a meeting known as The Audience. "The Audience" takes theatregoers behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II as she meets with each of her Prime Ministers over the decades. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

2h 20m | Already closed | Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (57)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever
88
Avg Score

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.

Also I'm catching up on plays I saw before I joined S-S. The Audience was s... Read more Read less

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?!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

84
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow, Confusing

See it if you love helen as the queen in the movie, she is truly a great actress.

Don't see it if It was hard to follow because i did not know about the prime ministers but I thought acting was Helen mirien was outstanding as the queen.

100
Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Masterful

See it if You want to see one of the great performances of our generation, Helen Mirren as QE2, in a thought-provoking new play about history/politics

Don't see it if You're an anti-monarchist, don't want to exert a lot of mental energy on the show, or have absolutely zero knowledge of modern history.

95
Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You want to see the mistress of her craft Dame Helen Mirren, set off like a jewel in a setting.

Don't see it if You have no knowledge of royal family or 20th century history.

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Educational, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you like historical stories on the big stage.

Don't see it if you don't like the british

93
Great acting, Witty, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you're an Anglophile & want to see a master class in acting.

Don't see it if you're too easily bored by politics.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Superficial

See it if you want to catch a display of spectacular showmanship, from a star, director, and designers at the height of their considerable powers.

Don't see it if you want writing that surprises &illuminates. Like an audience with the queen, this is dazzling pomp & circumstance not sturm 'n' drang.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Engaging, Historical

See it if (Saw in London) For Helen Mirren alone, if not the rest of the cast. She portrays her Majesty with such respect and intelligence. Excellent!

Don't see it if If you don't care to learn about/didn't live through these eras. It's an education in modern British history seen through the Queen's eyes.

80
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see Helen Mirren live. She's amazing.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a long play with lots of dialogue and very little action. It's a great show, but you have to pay attention.

88
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Amazing acting from queen helen

See it if you want to see one of our very most talented actresses in the world - Queen Helen. The play is more a series of montages but Helen - wow.

Don't see it if You really need a plot.

85
Clever, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if because Helen Mirren is wonderful and never disappoints.

Don't see it if If you're not a fan of British history.

80
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Clever costume changing

See it if you like historical plays.

Don't see it if you don't like British politics.

80
Hard to follow, Great acting, Great writing, Too long

See it if You want to see Helen Mirren in action, playing a part she knows well and is good at or if you want a political-ish play that's funny

Don't see it if you want a flashy Broadway show or if You can't understand British accents.

85
Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by Helen Mirren.

Don't see it if you have no interest in British politics or royalty.

93
Original, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Helen Mirren own the stage in this masterful play! Beautiful transitions throughout time; brings the queen to life on stage

Don't see it if you do not enjoy British politics; this is (was) a must see!

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Original

See it if you love Helen Mirren, you are fascinated by dialogue-heavy scenes, and you're at least somewhat familiar with British politics.

Don't see it if you like more action-filled shows and you don't care about British or any politics.

75
Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you are into British politics and/or if you like theater that reflects history in a poignant and charming way.

Don't see it if you are uninterested by British politics at all. It is not the most compelling show even if interesting and thoughtful.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you love an interesting story and magnificent acting.

Don't see it if if you don't like straight theatre and historical pieces.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see the masterful Helen Mirren giving a brilliant performance in this well written play.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate great theater.


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 ...
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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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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 l...
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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;...
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