Helen Mirren to rule Broadway as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Audience'

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And she’ll always be royal (royal).

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren will make her return to Broadway this spring as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan’s The Audience, directed by Stephen Daldry.

Mirren earned an Academy Award for playing Elizabeth in 2006’s The Queen, which was also written by Morgan. Mirren earned the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for the role when The Audience played a record-breaking run in London’s West End in 2013.

While The Queen addressed the 1997 aftermath of the death of Princess Diana, The Audience stretches back from the 1950s through today, imagining the conversations held in a series of real meetings between Elizabeth II and each of the 12 Prime Ministers elected during her reign, who met the Queen weekly in her chambers at Buckingham Palace over the course of six decades.

Mirren is a two-time Tony Award nominee, having earned nods for her roles in two Broadway revivals: 1995’s A Month in the Country and 2001’s Dance of Death.

Mirren will be joined by an as-yet-unannounced 18-member cast in The Audience, set to play the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre from March 8 through June 28, 2015. Previews for the limited engagement begin February 17.

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