Helen Mirren to Play The Queen on Broadway and West End in THE AUDIENCE?
Dame Helen Mirren is currently considering a role as Queen Elizabeth II in THE AUDIENCE, a play about the Queen's reign so far by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) in the West End this fall and on Broadway in spring 2013, according to the New York Post. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) has been tipped to direct the play, which will humanise the Queen by mixing stories of her private and public lives.
Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress Dame's Broadway credits include the revival of Dance of Death in 2001 A Month in the Country in 1995, for both of which she was nominated for Best Actress in a Play at the Tony Awards. Mirren is perhaps best known for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen" (2006). This performance earned Mirren 26 major awards, including the Oscar for Best Featured Actress. West End credits include Collected Stories and Orpheus Descending.
Peter Morgan's writing credits include Frost/Nixon, The Queen, James Bond 23, Tom Hooper's "The Damned United," starring Michael Sheen as legendary English soccer coach Brian Clough; Universal-Working Title's remake of the Brit miniseries "State of Play," starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck; and John le Carre's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" with Working Title.