Helen Mirren won an Olivier Award in 2013 for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the Stephen Daldry-directed West End drama The Audience. That production is moving to Broadway beginning on February 17, 2015. Back in London, Kristin Scott Thomas is stepping into the lead part in a new version of the Peter Morgan-scripted play. She’ll hit the boards at the Apollo Theatre from April 21-July 25. Further casting for the West End run is yet to be announced; Daldry will return to direct. The drama imagines a series of pivotal, sometimes revealing, meetings between the Queen and her Prime Ministers with whom she has had weekly meetings at Buckingham Palace for 60 years, and whose contents are bound by an unspoken agreement never to be repeated.

Thomas recently opened to great critical acclaim in the title role in Sophocles’ Electra at the Old Vic. Her previous West End credits include Ian Rickson’s productions of The Seagull, Betrayal and Old Times; Jonathan Kent’s production of As You Desire Me; and Michael Blakemore’s production of Three Sisters, both for the Playhouse Theatre in London. On the feature side, she was just in My Old Lady with Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith, and is next up in The Weinstein Co’s Suite Française.