Helen Mirren to portay Queen Elizabeth again - on stage
Dame Helen Mirren has signed on to portray Queen Elizabeth again, in a London stage production of "The Audience."
Mirren won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film, "The Queen." She will reprise the role in the new play, which was written by "Queen" scribe Peter Morgan.
"The Audience," which will be directed by Stephen Daldry, imagines the secretive conversations held for sixty years between Elizabeth II and her twelve Prime Ministers at Buckingham Palace.
According to the play's official website, the meetings were "like no other in British public life - it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses."
"The Audience breaks this contract of silence - and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen," the statement continues. "From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional - sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can't help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases."
"The Audience" will run performances from February 15 until June 15 at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End.Mirren will next appear in the film "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho,'" alongside Scarlett Johansson and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Mirren will portray Hitchcock's wife Alma in the film, which is slated for release on November 23, 2012.
In June, it was announced that Mirren would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for 2013.
The actress was in 2003 honored with the title Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE), joining the ranks of designer Vivienne Westwood and actress Julie Andrews.