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Helen Mirren Long May She Reign

02 Aug

hELE MIRREN PROGRAMME NUMBER 1

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Never in all the years that I have been going to the Theatre have I seen a performance like hers.

To say that it was a ‘Tour de Force’ is an understatement.  She was fantastic!

When I think of all the actors and actresses that I have seen during my lifetime, her performance in “The Audience” stands sublime.

Helen Mirren I would place in the same category as Sarah Bernhardt, who I never saw, but I read a lot about. 

She Sarah, was referred to as “The most famous Actress the Western World has Ever Known” Well, move over Sarah, someone else has taken over that role, it’s Helen Mirren!

By all this praise you might ascertain that I like Helen Mirren, and you are RIGHT! 

She is my kind of Actress, Gutsy, Earthy with plenty of ‘Balls”, and she doesn’t mind dropping the odd ‘F’ word when nesessity requires it. and she is very, very, Very Talented. 

Seeing the way she can age onstage before your eyes as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience”, is unbelievable. Young, Old, Middle Aged, she bounces backwards and forwards like a yo-yo. I have never seen anyone age so convincingly onstage before.

To see her as the young Elizabeth in Westminster Abbey, at her Coronation when she is crowned Queen of England by the Arch Bishop of Canterbury. This historic moment is exquisite as she stand there floodlit in pure white light, not saying a word, just standing there, in her crown and coronation robes.  It was breathtaking, and a fitting end to the first act of “The Audience”.  

Maybe it’s the brilliantly written play by Peter Morgan or the superb direction of Stephen Daldry, that helps to make it all become such a magnificent piece of Theatre,

Helen Mirren deservedly won the Tony Award for a Leading Actress in a play.

Here are some photos of that wonderful night:

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Bradley Cooper who presented the Tony to Helen Mirren

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Helen Mirren going to receive her Award

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Helen Mirren and Bradley Cooper

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Showing she still has a sense of humour, and giving a very gracious and amusing acceptance speech and she didn’t use the ‘F’ word once.

Another brilliant member of the cast of “The Audience”, Richard McCabe received a Tony for Best Performance                             by a Featured Actor for his portrayal of Harold Wilson.

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Richard McCabe wins the Tony for his portrayal of Harold Wilson

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In shock at winning his first Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

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Richard McCabe accepting his  Tony Award.

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Giving his speech with thanks to Harold Wilson and Helen Mirren.

RAY JACKSON DANGEROUR YEARS TONYS THE AUDIENCE

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The Coronation of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

THE QUEEN AND CHURCHILL 2

Sir Winston Churchill with Her Majesty the Queen. She was very fond of Churchill since she was a child during the War.      1939-1945

THE QUEEN AND CHURCHILL

Sir Winston Churchill 1951-1955

 

THE QUEEN AND ANTHONY EDEN

Sir Anthony Eden then followed Churchill for a short 2 years period. 1955-1957

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Harold Wilson became a favorite with the Queen and both looked forward to their  weekly meetings.                                  1964-1970              1974-1976

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THE QUEEN AND WILSON

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The Queen invited Wilson to Balmoral where apparently he froze his ‘balls’ off, and the Queen was known to be very frugal with the heating. It was just a one bar electric heater. So she very kindly gave him a blanket.

THE QUEEN AND THATCHER THIS ONE

 Baroness Margaret Thatcher “The Iron Lady”. She was definitely not her Majesty’s flavor of the month 1979-1990

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Sir John Major she had no real time for, he was forever moaning and groaning. 1990-1997

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Tony Blair 1997-2007

THE QUEEN SPECIAL

THE QUEEN SOLO

Helen Mirren is Queen Elizabeth II.

THE QUEEN THIS IS THE ONE TO PRINT

The Queen and her Prime Ministers

Dressing The Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe...ONE EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVING. Embargoed to 0001 Monday November 5. Undated Royal Collection handout photo of the Queen in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, London, which is featured in a new book, Dressing The Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe, by the Queen's personal assistant, adviser and curator, Angela Kelly. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday November 5, 2012. The book opens the door to the dressers' floor at Buckingham Palace and gives a first-hand account of working on the Queen's outfits in her Diamond Jubilee year. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Royal Collection Trust/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
HER MAJESTY ELIZABETH II, THE REAL QUEEN ‘LONG MAY SHE REIGN’

 

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1 Comment

Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Helen Mirren Long May She Reign

  1. Adrienne Jonas

    August 31, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Thanks – love hearing from you, with all your commentaries.

    adrienne

     

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