Helen Mirren returns to Broadway this spring as Elizabeth IIin Peter Morgan’s THE AUDIENCE, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry. The limited engagement will play at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street. Previews for THE AUDIENCE begin on February 17 and opening night is March 8. It will run through June 28 2015.
Helen Mirren received the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in THE AUDIENCE, reprising her Academy Award winning role from the film The Queen, also written by Peter Morgan.The recipient of two Golden Globe, three BAFTA, three Screen Actors Guild and four Emmy Awards, Ms. Mirren has been seen previously on Broadway in A Month in the Country (1995)and Dance of Death (2001).
The complete 18-member company will be announced in the future.
The production is designed by six-time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley with lighting by two-time Tony Award winner Rick Fisher, sound by Tony Award winner Paul Arditti, and music by Paul Englishby.
THE AUDIENCE is produced by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
The production comes to Broadway following a record-breaking run at London’s Gielgud Theatre in 2013.
For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses.
The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional - sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign to today. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.