Helen Mirren will be returning to her role as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, it has emerged, when the veteran actress will grace the stage at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End for a new play called The Audience.
According to BBC News, Dame Helen, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of the current monarch in 2007, will see herself reunited with Peter Morgan, the man responsible for writing The Queen and now The Audience. Morgan’s latest royal effort depicts the weekly meetings held between Queen Elizabeth and some of the 12 Prime Ministers who have served during her 60-year reign. Morgan, like Mirren, is no stranger to the stage, holding the writing credits to such stage hits as Frost/Nixon and Billy Elliot, with The Audience expected to continue his reputation for good form. The play will begin its run on 15 February 2013 and will play until June 15th.
Dame Helen recently made the news for some less regal reasons of late, after rumours sparked that the 67-year-old actress has had cosmetic surgery. She was spotted wearing a headscarf whilst out shopping but so far she has made no comment on the situation. During an interview with IN Style magazine in 2011, Mirren spoke of her own displeasure at the prospect of going under the knife, branding it as “horrific.”