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Weekend planner — theater

For 60 years Queen Elizabeth II has met weekly at Buckingham Palace with the British Prime Minister (there have been a total of 12, beginning with Winston Churchill). The meetings are uniquely private: No other officials are present, no minutes are taken and no one is informed of what transpires. Providing “a great if faintly guilty pleasure” (The Telegraph), playwright Peter Morgan has imaginatively sought to lift the veil on these tête-à-têtes, fabricating a series of pivotal encounters between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen based on historical developments. Titled “The Audience,” the play features Helen Mirren as a monarch who shows herself to be by turns witty, compassionate, politically savvy and psychologically astute.

An HD capture of the show from London’s Gielgud Theatre (where it will be completing its debut run this weekend) is set for four screenings at the Amherst Cinema: today at 7 p.m.; Saturdays, June 29 and July 13, at 1 p.m.; and Mon., July 29 at 7 p.m. $24. www.amherstcinema.org

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