ONSIGHT captures Helen Mirren in the official trailer for The Audience in lead up to the National Theatre Live broadcast

12th June, 2013

National Theatre Live will broadcast The Audience, the highly revered stage production, live from London’s Gielgud Theatre to cinemas around the world on 13 June.  ONSIGHT is proud to have supported the show by supplying equipment and post production on the official trailer for Playful Productions, working together with Left Bank Pictures.

ONSIGHT’s camera team provided an ARRI Alexa package with Angenieux Optimo 24 – 290 mm lenses and Cooke Mini S4/i‘s to shoot excerpts from the new play by Peter Morgan. The Alexa guaranteed the filmic look to reflect and promote the calibre of the production for a cinema audience. The great team included Director Steven Metcalfe from Left Bank Pictures and DoP Martin Furher.  They worked in line with Stephen Daldry's vision, the Academy Award nominated Director of The Audience, known for film and theatre.

This West End production chronicles the monarch’s weekly meetings with Britain’s Prime Ministers – 60 years, 12 Prime Ministers, 1 Queen.  Dame Helen Mirren has famously reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth II, following the 2006 feature The Queen, in which she won an Academy Award. The Audience, presented by Matthew Byam Shaw of Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries, is also not short of critical acclaim with Mirren winning Best Acrtress at the Olivier Awards 2013.  The play also stars Edward Fox as Winston Churchill, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Paul Ritter as John Major and Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown.

The trailer was finished at ONSIGHT, benefitting from our full picture and audio post services. These consisted of dailies, offline facilities, grading, VFX work, 5.1 surround sound and deliverables. Our creative team included Colourist Andy Lee and Offline / VFX Editor David Gonzalez Lozano.

The Audience runs until 15 June at the Gielgud Theatre, but repeat cinema screenings are taking place internationally throughout the summer. National Theatre Live launched in 2009 and has broadcasted in over 20 countries, showcasing the best of British theatre.

About the play:

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience 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 - and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used 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.

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.

The official trailer for The Audience can be seen here.

Visit the show’s official website here.