Helen Mirren to Return to Broadway in 'The Audience'

9:00 AM PST 08/06/2014 by David Rooney
Johan Persson
Helen Mirren in "The Audience"

The Oscar-winning actress will reprise her role of Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Daldry's production of the history-spanning Peter Morgan play.

Helen Mirren will be back on Broadway next year for the first time in more than a decade, starring as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's play The Audience.

Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Stephen Daldry, the production begins previews on Feb. 17 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in a limited engagement that officially opens on March 8 and runs through June 28.

The play premiered in London's West End in 2013, winning Mirren an Olivier Award for best actress. The production marked the second time the actress had portrayed the British monarch. Her first stint on the throne in Stephen Frears' 2006 film The Queen, which was also written by Morgan, landed her Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA wins.

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The Audience focuses on Queen Elizabeth II's traditional weekly private meetings with the British prime minister at Buckingham Palace. Spanning six decades, the play eavesdrops on exchanges with political leaders from Winston Churchill through Margaret Thatcher to David Cameron, with Mirren transforming onstage from an inexperienced but self-possessed young woman in her late 20s to a seasoned figurehead in her 80s and several stages in between.

The complete 18-member cast will be announced at a future date. Producers of the Broadway run are Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

Mirren previously appeared on Broadway in 1995 in A Month in the Country and in 2001 in Dance of Death. She will be on screens starting Friday in Lasse Hallstrom's The Hundred-Foot Journey.

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