Dame Helen Mirren will be returning to Broadway as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan’s The Audience. According to the Daily Mail, the production which was a London hit in 2013, will begin preview performances at a Shubert theater in February 2015 with an opening in March.
The Audience covers the Queen’s reign from her coronation in 1952 to her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. For each of the 50 years, the monarch has met with the Prime Minister and the play chronicles those encounters. There have been reports that Morgan plans to make alterations to script including adding Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was not featured in the London production.
Morgan also wrote the screenplay for The Queen, in which Mirren also played the sovereign. She won a 2006 Oscar for her performance. She previously appeared on Broadway in A Month in the Country in 1995 and Dance of Death in 2001, earning Tony nominations for both. She also earned an Emmy Award for playing another British queen named Elizabeth in HBO’s Elizabeth I, two other Emmys for Prime Suspect, and a fourth for The Passion of Ayn Rand.