The Audience Starring Academy Award® Winner Helen Mirren, and Exclusive Post Exhibition Conversation from the Stage to Cinemas June 25, 2015
Fathom Events, National Theatre Live (NT Live) and BY Experience Present Screenings of The Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries Production of Peter Morgan’s The Audience, Directed by Stephen Daldry
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Peter Morgan’s The Audience, starring Academy Award® winner and Tony Award® nominee Helen Mirren and directed by Stephen Daldry, along with an exclusive Q&A, comes to select U.S. cinemas on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7 p.m. local time. Presented in cinemas by Fathom Events, National Theatre Live and BY Experience, “NT Live: The Audience,” features the critically acclaimed production from London’s Gielgud Theatre as it was originally captured on June 13, 2013. In addition to the play, audiences will be treated to an exclusive new Q&A with Mirren and Daldry.
“As one of the biggest alternative content events to date, it is thrilling to bring ‘The Audience’ back to cinema screens in celebration of its successful Broadway run and Tony Award® nominations”
Tickets for “NT Live: The Audience” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 200 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). For participating venues and tickets outside of the U.S., visit www.ntlive.com. Due to the current Broadway run, “NT Live: The Audience” will play in a very limited number of theaters in Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT) cinemas.
For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses. The Audience imagines 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. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign to today. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.
“Helen Mirren is truly spectacular in this production. It’s wonderful to bring her performance to the big screen so that more audiences can enjoy an inside look at the life of the Queen,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens.
“As one of the biggest alternative content events to date, it is thrilling to bring ‘The Audience’ back to cinema screens in celebration of its successful Broadway run and Tony Award® nominations,” said Julie Borchard-Young, co-President of BY Experience. “Audiences across the country will be digitally transported to the London stage, up close on the big screen, in their local communities.”
The live production, starring Ms. Mirren, is now playing at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 W 45th St, New York, NY) for a limited engagement through June 28, 2015. The Audience is produced on Broadway and in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries. The production has earned 3 Tony Award nominations, including Best Actress in a Play for Helen Mirren along with 2 Drama Desk, 6 Outer Critics Circle and 3 Drama League Award nominations.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Fathom Events takes audiences behind-the-scenes and offers unique extras, creating the ultimate entertainment experience. It is owned by a consortium called AC JV, LLC., comprised of AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to more than 775 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE
Now celebrating its 6th year broadcasting live performances to cinema screens internationally, National Theatre Live has now been experienced by over 4 million people worldwide. The first season began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren. In addition to the record-breaking broadcast of The Audience starring Helen Mirren as The Queen, recent broadcasts have included the world premiere of Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem; the Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd; the Olivier Award winning Young Vic production of A View From the Bridge; the world premiere of David Hare’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers; David Hare’s Skylight starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan; and, The Young Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson; Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby. Upcoming broadcasts include Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman starring Ralph Fiennes, Everyman starring Chiwetel Ejiofer, and Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch. For more information, visit www.NTLive.com.
About BY Experience
BY Experience kicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie’s 2003 Reality album launch and since then, over 22 million tickets have been sold worldwide for cinema events BY Experience has distributed globally. Current cinema series credits: Distribution Representative, The Met: Live in HD (Worldwide; since 2006), the U.K.’s National Theatre Live (Ex-UK; since 2009), Bolshoi Ballet (North America; since 2014), Stratford Festival HD (Ex-Canada, since 2014). Additionally, BY Experience has executive produced and/or distributed several diverse programs for cinema including numerous rock concerts, radio programs, fine art exhibits, and other special content events. BY Experience distributes to over 60 countries, to over 2,000 movie screens. www.byexperience.net.