Anglophiles, rejoice! Helen Mirren will reprise one of her greatest roles, albeit in an entirely different production, when she returns to Broadway this winter.
Mirren will play Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, a drama that imagines the monarch’s weekly meetings with the 12 prime ministers who have governed the UK during her reign. From Churchill to Cameron, all have an unspoken agreement with the queen that neither party will repeat these Buckingham Palace tête-à-têtes.
The official description notes: “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.”
Previews for The Audience start February 14 and is slated for a strictly limited engagement.