Helen Mirren to reprise role of Queen in new West End play by Peter Morgan
Dame Helen Mirren is set to reprise her role as the Queen in new West End play The Audience written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry.
Following her Oscar winning performance as Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears’ 2006 film The Queen, writer of the screenplay Peter Morgan has penned a new play about the Queen.
The Audience is about the confidential Wednesday weekly meeting at Buckingham Palace between the Queen and the Prime Minister and will cover some of the 12 Prime Ministers who have served during her reign. The play will be directed by Stephen Daldry, who directed both the movie and stage version of Billy Elliot and is currently creative director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympic games.
Helen Mirren won a slew of awards in for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in the 2006 movie The Queen, which showed the monarch struggle to come to terms with the country’s out-pouring of grief following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Mirren was meticulous in her research for the role and it has been rumoured for some time that she would like to return to further explore the Queen. There is already speculation that the play may be turned into a movie, directed by Daldry.
Mirren last appeared on the London stage in 2009 playing Phedre at the National Theatre.
Peter Morgan has written a host of successful plays and screenplays, with particular focus on dramatising real-life events, including The Deal about Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and the successful Donmar play and subsequent movie Frost/Nixon.
10 June 2012