Helen Mirren in 'The Audience' sets NT Live record

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 1:07 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — As a queen, Helen Mirren reigns on screen and stage.

National Theatre Live, which broadcasts stage shows from England to movie screens worldwide, said Monday that its June 13 live broadcast of Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in the play "The Audience" has captured its largest audience to date.

Says David Sabel, executive producer of NT Live: "We were expecting a big audience for it because there's been great buzz but it's turned out even greater than expected."

Peter Morgan's play performed at London's Gielgud Theatre was seen by nearly 30,000 people in North America and nearly 80,000 people in the United Kingdom, a record for the four-year-old program.

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