The Audience premiered in the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End on 15 February 2013. Written by British playwright, Peter Morgan, and directed by Stephen Daldry, the premiere starred Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and received substantial critical acclaim. As part of its run in London, the play was broadcast live at cinemas across the UK and North America as part of National Theatre Live. It broke records for the number of people watching live, with nearly 80,000 in the UK and 30,000 in North America. Mirren won the 2013 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the monarch.