She won rave reviews, not to mention an Oscar, for her portrayal as Elizabeth II in ‘The Queen’ and now Dame Helen Mirren is set to reprise her royal role, this time on stage.
'Billy Elliot' director Stephen Daldry will direct Dame Helen in ‘The Audience’, a new West End production that will premiere next February.
The play, at London's Gielgud theatre, reunites the 67-year-old star with playwright Peter Morgan, the Golden Globe winning screenwriter for 2006’s‘The Queen’.
Dame Helen Mirren will take on the role of the Queen in a new West End production (PHOTO: WENN)
‘The Audience’ goes behind the scenes of the weekly meetings between the Queen and some of the 12 Prime Ministers of her reign. According to the press release, Morgan has imagined some of the conversations between monarch and PM:
"From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional - sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive,"
Morgan's previous work includes the critically acclaimed play 'Frost/Nixon', which transferred to Broadway and was later adapted for the big screen starring Michael Sheen and Frank Langella.
Meanwhile Dame Helen tackled the roll of the reigning monarch in 'The Queen' which recreates the days after the death of Princess Diana. 'The Audience 'opens on 15 February 2013, and runs to 15 June.