Helen Mirren adds another jewel to her crown with 'The Audience,' broadcast live to Michigan Theater
The University Musical Society is known for bringing some big names to town. Next week it’s Queen Elizabeth II - or at least the next best thing.
Here’s the story behind the story.
For 60 years Elizabeth II has met privately with each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. “The Audience” breaks this contract of silence, and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen.
From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.
It’s bound to be as close as most of us will get to a real audience with Her Majesty.
The University Musical Society presents “The Audience” at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Sunday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22. Details: www.ums.org or 734-764-2538.