Helen Mirren Returning to Broadway for ‘The Audience’ with Stephen Daldry

Helen Mirren won an Oscar for playing the Queen of England. Can she pick up a Tony for it, too?

The Audience,” Mirren’s reunion with “The Queen” screenwriter Peter Morgan, has locked in its Broadway transfer, securing the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater for a spring run that begins performances in February. Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”) directs Morgan’s play.

The production has looked like a candidate for a Broadway run ever since it premiered on the West End in 2013 and earned glowing reviews and strong audience response. Among the factors slowing down the move was Mirren’s busy schedule.

The Audience” chronicles the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and the U.K. Prime Ministers who have served during Elizabeth’s 60-year reign. Mirren portrays the queen at a variety of ages in the show, which centers on the weekly private meetings between queen and prime minister at Buckingham Palace.

Mirren, who hasn’t appeared on Broadway since the 2001 revival of “Dance of Death,” looks poised to be a strong draw for Broadway’s play fans, especially since she’s revisiting the real-life character that won her an Oscar.

The limited run of “The Audience” begins previews Feb. 17 ahead of a March opening, with a scheduled closing set for June 28. Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Prods., Robert Fox and Andy Harries — the trio who produced the original West End run — will also produce the title on Broadway.

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