Weekend Planner: National Theatre Live to present ‘The Audience’

Published 9:59 am Thursday, November 12, 2015

National Theatre Live will present “The Audience” in high definition on Saturday night at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center.

Nominated for three Tony Awards, “The Audience” sees Helen Mirren reprise her award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, following her Academy Award win for the same role in “The Queen.”

For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. The queen advises her prime ministers on both public and personal matters.

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“The Audience” is written by Peter Morgan and directed by two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry. It has received three 2015 Tony Award nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role and Best Costume Design, among others.

It begins at 7 p.m.

The Marion Ross Performing Arts Center is at 147 N. Broadway.



• A holiday craft show will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Northbridge Mall.

• Albert Lea Parks and Recreation will host a Family Movie Mystery Night at 7 p.m. at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. The movie will be rated PG and will be of a family nature. The event is free to the public.



The “Historically Speaking: 100 Years of Presidential Campaign Buttons” lecture series will begin at 9 a.m. at the Freeborn County Historical Museum.

• Residents are invited to take part in the Idea Splash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wedgewood Cove Golf Club. At the event, residents can share their ideas on how to best grow Albert Lea and will be able to vote on their favorite project.

• A holiday craft show will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Northbridge Mall.

• The Albert Lea Farmers Market will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Northbridge Mall.

• The Freeborn County Historical Museum’s Christmas Tour of Homes begins at 1 p.m. Look for a full story about this fundraiser in Friday’s newspaper.

• The Alden American Legion will host a steak fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Menu includes 10-ounce ribeye, baked potato, cole slaw and garlic toast. Cost is $13. Veterans will receive $5 off of their meal.



• The Alano Society of Albert Lea will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at 1005 N. Ulstad Ave. Menu includes pancakes, french toast, eggs, hashbrowns, sausage, toast, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $6.

• A holiday craft show will be from noon to 5 p.m. at Northbridge Mall.

• Bolshoi Ballet will present “Jewels” at 5 p.m. at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. The performance is live in high definition and includes music from Gabriel Faure, Igor Stravinsky and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by George Balanchine.

The triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleff & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue and celebrates the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg.