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Helen Mirren as The Queen in The Audience for the West End

Tuesday, 26th Jun 2012  

A Recent Reading in the West End for a Future Production from Writer Peter Morgan

Over the weekend Baz Bamigboye from the Daily Mail penned a story regarding Helen Mirren’s latest portrayal of the Queen, this time for a reading of Peter Morgan’s upcoming play “The Audience”, which took place in the West End on Tuesday 19th June 2012. The reading took place with an invited audience, including director Stephen Daldry in addition to producers, ahead of a planned run at a London theatre in 2013.

“The Audience” is said to focus on the Queen’s meetings with numerous Prime Ministers over the 60 years of her reign, with various high profile appearances among the mix. Bamigboye cites sources that claim Winston Churchill, Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher and John Major are among those that appear, with Gordon Brown and David Cameron possibilities as well. As such it will echo the famous scenes from the movie “The Queen” – also starring Mirren and written by Morgan – in which the monarch meets with the then-new Prime Minister Tony Blair (though it is not yet confirmed if Blair will be among the line-up in “The Audience”).

Mirren is a well known actress who would be best known to those with theatre tickets for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in “The Queen” alongside London theatre favourite Michael Sheen as Tony Blair. Her other credits include “2010: The Year We Make Contact”, “The Madness of King George”, “Calendar Girls”, “Gosford Park”, “National Treasure II: Book of Secrets” and “RED”. For the stage she has appeared in “Mourning Becomes Electra” at the Lyttelton National Theatre, “Orpheus” at the Donmar Warehouse and various other productions in the West End and abroad.

Meanwhile, Peter Morgan is also well known in the capital, both for stage and screen work. He penned “The Queen” as the second of three films that look at Sheen’s Tony Blair, with the other two called “The Deal” and “The Special Relationship”. He also wrote the stage and screen versions of “Frost/Nixon”, in addition to “The Damned United” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”.

There is not yet any word on which West End venue “The Audience” will call its home. However, it is planned for an arrival in London in 2013.

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