Helen Mirren Will Play The Queen on Broadway, Daldry Directing

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Helen Mirren will reprise her critically-acclaimed role as Queen Elizabeth II on New York City's Broadway, it has been announced. Mirren won an Oscar for Stephen Frears'2006 movie and performed the same role in Peter Morgan's stage adaptation, The Audience - which is now moving across the Atlantic.

Helen Mirren The QueenHelen Mirren [L] will play The Queen [R] on Broadway [Getty/WPA Pool]

The play won critical acclaim and sold out for its six-month stint in London last year. It is a composition of Morgan's imagined conversations between The Queen and her various advisors and ministers. Morgan had previously penned the hugely successful movie Frost/Nixon, outlining the aftermath of the Watergate Scandal.

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The West End version of the play saw Haydn Gwynne play Margaret Thatcher, with Rufus Wright playing David Cameron. Michael Sheen had played Tony Blair in the original movie. The supporting cast for the Broadway version is yet to be announced though Stephen Daldry will direct. 

The Audience will play at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City from February to June 2015. 

Mirren is currently shooting Simon Curtis' drama Woman in Gold, about Maria Altmann, an Octogenarian Jewish refugee who takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. Ryan Reynolds co-stars in the film, set for a 2015 release.


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