Helen Mirren in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre
The Actress Will Reprise Her Role of The Queen in the West End from February 2013
Back in June Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail announced that Helen Mirren would be taking to the stage in the West End in 2013 to reprise her role as Her Majesty the Queen from the 2006 movie “The Queen” in a show entitled “The Audience”. At the time of the last update she had appeared for a reading of the play in the West End and now it is known that the play will hit the Gielgud Theatre in February 2013.
The show has many things going for it, not only Helen Mirren playing a part that hit headlines 6 years ago, but also because it is penned by Peter Morgan, the screenwriter of the movie. The production is also directed by Stephen Daldry, the well known theatre and film director whose credits include “The Kitchen” in the capital and both the musical and movie versions of “Billy Elliot”.
“The Audience” is set to focus on the famous meetings between the Queen and the Prime Ministers that have held office during her reign. So from Winston Churchill to the current PM David Cameron, audiences with theatre tickets will have a chance to explore the talks behind the scenes in one of the most famous houses in the world. The show imagines the kinds of topics that might have been explored during these secret talks.
Mirren won an Academy Award for her role as the Queen, in addition to a BAFTA, and this cements the part of one of her most famous in recent memory. However, she has enjoyed a long career in the spotlight with credits like “2010: The Year We Make Contact”, “The Madness of King George”, “Gosford Park”, “RED” and “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets”, among others. She has also appeared in London shows like “Mourning Becomes Electra” at the Lyttelton National Theatre.
“The Audience” is set to appear on the stage of the Gielgud Theatre from Tuesday 5th March 2013 (with previews from Friday 15th February 2013) and continues to Saturday 15th June 2013.