It’s deja vu all over again as Oscar winner Helen Mirren reprises her above-the-title performance in Peter Morgan’s The Audience on Broadway in beginning February 17, 2015 and opening March 8. Stephen Daldry directs. Mirren won the Olivier Award for the part and, of course, landed an Oscar for playing the same royal in The Queen (which Morgan also scripted). Play will run at the Shubert-owned Schoenfeld Theatre, for a limited run through June 28.
The Audience comes to Broadway following a record-breaking run at London’s Gielgud Theatre in 2013. The performance will mark Mirren’s Broadway debut in a contemporary play. She was last seen on Broadway in 2001’s Dance Of Death revival and also starred in 1995’s A Month In The Country.
Here’s the production’s description of the play. “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.”
The show is designed by Tony winners Bob Crowley (sets and costumes), Rick Fisher (lighting), and Paul Arditti (sound). Paul Englishby composed the music. Producers are Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
Currently in production, Mirren will be starring in The Weinstein’s Company’s Woman In Gold, in which she plays Maria Altmann, the Austrian Jewish refugee who fought to reclaim her family’s paintings that had been stolen by the Nazis in World War II.
Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.