Helen Mirren to Continue Royal Run as the Queen in THE AUDIENCE on Broadway, Spring 2014?

According to the Daily Mail, Helen Mirren will star as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience when it transfers to Broadway this time next year.

"There are talks and negotiations going on now, and I will be going to do the play over there around this time next year," Mirren told the Mail.

Read the original report here.

The show's producers Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert Fox and Andy Harries began talks with New York theaters on March 26 and are in the process of figuring out a budget and schedules with director Stephen Daldry and designer Bob Crowley.

The Audience will end its run at the Gielgud Theatre on June 15 with no plans to extend at that theater, but Mirren says she has "urged the producers to continue with another actress, at another theatre" in London. The production has been nominated for several 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Costume Design, Best Director and individual nominations for Mirren (Best Actress) and Richard McCabe (Best Supporting Actor). And with its imminent Broadway run, the show will likely be up for a Tony or two in 2014.

Joining Helen Mirren as The Queen in the world premiere of The Audience are Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Haydn Gwynne as Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy as Winston Churchill, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Nathaniel Parker as Gordon Brown, Paul Ritter as John Major and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. The Equerry is Geoffrey Beevers and the role of Young Elizabeth will be played by Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber and Nell Williams.

Designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti, music by Paul Englishby and video by Ian William Galloway.

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.

The Audience breaks this contract of silence and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional - sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can't help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases.

From young mother to grandmother these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.

The Audience is produced in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries. For tickets, visit theaudienceplay.com.

Photo Credit: Johan Persson




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