MIRREN RETURNS TO PLAY THE ''QUEEN''

Sep 21, 2012

By Bob Komsic

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Dame Helen Mirren will revisit her Oscar-winning role in ”The Queen”, playing Elizabeth II in a new play from Peter Morgan, called ”The Audience.”

Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry will direct Dame Helen in the West End production next February.

The play, at London’s Gielgud theatre, reunites the 67-year-old star with playwright Morgan, author of ”The Queen.”

”The Audience” depicts the weekly meetings between the Queen and some of the 12 Prime Ministers of her reign.

Dame Helen won the best actress Oscar in 2007 for her role in ”The Queen”, which recreated the days following the death of Princess Diana.

Mirren is tipped to pick up another nomination this year playing Alfred Hitchcock’s wife opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins, in ”Hitchcock.”

”The Audience” opens February 15, 2013 and runs to June 15.

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