Mirren to play Queen on Broadway

Dame Helen Mirren is to reprise her role as The Queen in The Audience on Broadway.

Producers of Peter Morgan's play have announced Dame Helen will return to Broadway this spring as Elizabeth II in the work that wowed London audiences in the West End and earned the actress an Olivier Award.

The Audience imagines the private weekly meetings between the monarch and Britain's prime ministers - 12 in all - over her six-decade reign. In the play, The Queen grows from a tentative 20-something to wise octogenarian while retaining a core of solitude.

Previews in New York start on February 17 and it will run through to June at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry.

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