Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of “The Audience,” broadcast as part of the National Theatre’s NT Live series Thursday, June 13, at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. There will be a live transmission at 2 p.m. and an HD rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

For 60 years, Elizabeth II has met each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace — a meeting like no other in British public life. It is private, and 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. 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.

A fine British cast make up the 12 prime ministers including Nathaniel Parker (“The Inspector Lynley Mysteries”) as Gordon Brown and Edward Fox (“Gandhi,” “The Day of the Jackal”) as Winston Churchill. “The Audience” reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation “The Queen.” The play is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours”).

Tickets are $23, $15 for students; contact the Strand for group ticket pricing. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.