Helen Mirren returns to play The Queen

DAME Helen Mirren will revisit her Oscar-winning role in The Queen, playing Elizabeth II in a new play from Peter Morgan, called The Audience.Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry will direct Dame Helen in the West End production next February.The play, at London’s Gielgud theatre, reunites the 67-year-old star with playwright Morgan, author of The Queen. The Audience depicts the weekly meetings between The Queen and some of the 12 Prime Ministers of her reign.Morgan has imagined some of the pivotal conversations that have become a very private part of British political life.“From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional - sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive,” reads the press release.Morgan’s previous work includes the critically acclaimed play Frost/Nixon, which transferred to Broadway and was later adapted for the big screen. His screenplay credits include The Last King of Scotland, The Damned United and the forthcoming Hugh Hefner biopic, Playboy.Dame Helen won the best actress Oscar in 2007 for her role in The Queen, which recreated the days following the death of Princess Diana.                  –BBC

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