THE AUDIENCE, Starring Helen Mirren, to Bring the Crown to Broadway Next Spring
The Daily Mail writes that The Audience, starring Helen Mirren, is on its way to Broadway. The production, helmed by Stephen Daldry and written by Peter Morgan, will begin previews in February 2015 for a March opening. Based on Stephen Frears acclaimed film, The Audience played a sold-out run at the Gielgud last year.
"Six months in New York for my sins," Mirren joked to the Mail. She added that if she had to choose a single character to be associated with -- which actors don't usually like to do -- "then the Queen's a very good person to be identified with".
Mirren will begin rehearsals for the show in January. Morgan might add Tony Blair to the play for its New York run.
In the UK, the show was described as: "For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace -- a meeting like no other in British public life -- it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses."
In 2013, Mirren won Best Actress at the Laurence Olivier Awards for her portrayal in The Audience. She also won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in the 2006 film The Queen, also written by Peter Morgan.
The actress has appeared on Broadway in A Month in the Country and Dance Of Death, both for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. She boasts a long stage history, appearing in the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Revenger's Tragedy, All's Well That Ends Well, Trolius and Cressida, As You Like It and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as Enemies at the Aldwych, Miss Julie at The Other Place and more. Her West End credits include Teeth 'n' Smiles, The Seagull, The Bed Before Yesterday, Henry VI, Measure for Measure, Faith Healer, The Duchess of Malfi, The Roaring Girl, Two Way Mirror, Elegy for a Lady, Donmar Warehouse's Orpheus Descending, The National Theatre's Mourning Becomes Electra and Phedre, and many more.
Mirren's upcoming big screen projects include The Hundred-Foot Journey, Woman in Gold, Trumbo and Eye in the Sky. Aside from The Queen, her other film credits include Phil Spector, Hitchcock, The Door, RED, The Tempest, The Debt, State of Play, Gosford Park, Teaching Mrs. Tingle and more. Mirren has won an Academy Award, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Awards.
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