Oscar winner Helen Mirren will star in the world premiere of Peter Morgan's The Audience, to play the West End's Gielgud Theatre beginning February 15, 2013 with an opening date set for March 5. Stephen Daldry will direct.
The play imagines a series of meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and the twelve Prime Ministers who have come and gone during her time at Buckingham Palace.
Bob Crowley will design the production, with sound by Paul Arditti. Additional casting is to be announced.
Mirren won her Academy Award for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in the Stephen Frears-directed film The Queen, also written by Morgan. Her many stage credits include Dance of Death and Phedre, and she has received four Emmy Awards for her television work.
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