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Helen Mirren’s Broadway Hit ‘The Audience’ Recoups

The Audience,” Helen Mirren’s stage reprise of the royal role that won her an Oscar, has moved into the black, managing to recoup its $3.4 million Broadway capitalization in eight weeks.

The show, a hit in London that will re-open on the West End later this month with Kristin Scott Thomas playing the Queen of England, proved instantly popular when it began Broadway performances in February. Even with only seven performances per week rather than the standard eight, “The Audience” has earned more than $1 million almost every week it’s been running.

Mirren portrays Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan’s play about the monarch’s weekly meetings with her prime ministers. Morgan also wrote “The Queen,” the 2006 film in which Mirren played the Queen in an Oscar-winning performance.

Mirren hadn’t appeared on Broadway since the 2001 revival of “Dance of Death.” In the Stateside version of “The Audience,” she stars with Dylan Baker, Judith Ivey and Rufus Wright, among others, in a staging directed by Stephen Daldry (“Skylight”).

The success of “The Audience” seems a promising sign for another play about contemporary royals, Broadway-bound “King Charles III,” although that latter play won’t have Mirren’s star power to attract attention.

Produced by Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert Fox and Andy Harries, “The Audience” runs through June 28 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.


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