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The Audience

“Wholly tremendous.” – Daily Telegraph

Last month, Helen Mirren won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and Richard McCabe won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Now, you can see both their performances in The Audience from the comfort of the World Trade Center. For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II (Mirren) has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, right up to the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

“When Peter told me he had written this play and asked me to read it, I sent him a two word e-mail: ‘You bastard!’” – Helen Mirren

The Audience
is written by Peter Morgan who also wrote The Queen, for which Mirren won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II. Morgan wrote the show as a uniquely theatrical event and covered vastly different ground, so there was no question of it being a repeat of the film. Mirren says, “It’s very different from the movie. It’s very funny and very moving and I have to play her from 25 to 87.”

“To ensure confidentiality, no private secretaries are present, and no minutes are taken; nor do freedom of information laws apply.” – The Telegraph

The Queen’s weekly audiences with her prime ministers enable them to discuss matters of high policy in perfect confidence, and with the sure knowledge that their comments will not reach outside ears. Margaret Thatcher wrote: “Anyone who imagines that they [the audiences] are a mere formality or confined to social niceties is quite wrong.” Because the privacy of the audiences is respected, no one can know what is said there. There is and can be no evidence that anything in The Audience actually happened. The play is Morgan’s intelligent reconstruction of what might have happened, and he has reason to believe he is not wildly far off the mark.

“I didn’t speak to any prime ministers, but I spoke to people quite close to them… We would certainly hear back if we got anything wrong. So far we haven’t heard anything.” – Playwright Peter Morgan

What’s Coming Up at Third Rail Rep

The night is alive…with pirates!
The Night Alive

The third show of our 9th Season is Conor McPherson’s moving, humorous, deeply introspective glance at how we define our place in the twisted mess that is life, The Night Alive.  Opening February 20th and starring company members (and Portland theatre stalwarts) Damon Kupper, Mike O’Connell, and Rolland Walsh, this beautiful, stirring play about compassion, love and who we choose to share our lives with, is sure to please. Get your tickets now before they’re gone!

NT Live Treasure Island

Our next National Theatre Live production, Treasure Island, also appears on the horizon…land ho! Get your tickets for our March 14th showings of this family-friendly production spectacular at the World Trade Center Theatre by clicking here!

NT Live in January

Two great plays from National Theatre Live

JOHN

Saturday, January 31 @ 2pm & 7pm

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre brings their powerful new production to the National Theatre. DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television, which have garnered over 50 national and international awards.

The company’s new production, JOHN, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Lloyd Newson, DV8’s Artistic Director, interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John.

What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most.

Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated new production, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

NOTE: JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs+.

Treasure Island

Sunday, February 1 @ 2pm & 7pm
Saturday, March 14 @ 2pm & 7pm

Suitable for 10 years +

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

Happy New Year

Looking for some fun in the new year? Third Rail has exactly what you need!

First, we have hilarious entertainment for you, your family, and your friends with the wild quick-change romp:

The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam.

Critics at the Oregonian named it a “Best Bet” for the winter theatre season, and it’s been described as “…one of the best laugh-out-loud farces I’ve ever seen!” (Broadway World).

Running through January 10 at the Winningstad Theatre right in downtown Portland, this play is a sure-fire break from the usual holiday fare.

Tickets available HERE


And if you are looking for something a little more serious, we are thrilled to be presenting National Theatre Live’s screening of the hit Broadway production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd (Tony-nominated for his performance).

January 3rd and 4th at 2 PM and 7 PM.

Screenings at the World Trade Center Auditorium (121 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR)

Get tickets here!

National Theatre Live with Third Rail Rep

For three years, Third Rail Rep has been hosting the screenings from the National Theatre Live program. We invite you to join us for some spectacular upcoming plays in the New Year.

What is National Theatre Live?

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre from the London stage to cinemas around the world.

How do they do it?

Though each live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time.

Where do Third Rail NT Live screenings take place?

All NT Live screenings are at the World Trade Center in Portland at 121 SW Salmon Street Portland 97204

How do I get tickets for Third Rail NT Live productions?

Call our box office at 503-235-1101
Click here
Buy a 6-ticket NT Live punch card by calling 503-235-1101

What NT Live screenings are coming next to Portland through Third Rail?


Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

January 3-4 & February 8, 2015
Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award® nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the hit Broadway production Of Mice And Men, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck’s play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.


Skylight by David Hare

January 11 & 17, 2015
Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience) and broadcast live from the West End by National Theatre Live.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.


JOHN with DV8 Physical Theatre

January 18 & 31

NOTE: JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity; suitable for 18yrs+

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre brings their powerful new production to the National Theatre. JOHN authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Lloyd Newson, DV8’s Artistic Director, interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John.

What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most.


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

March 14 & 15, 2015
Suitable for 10 years +
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.
It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.