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Helen Mirren is the Queen again

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The Queen
Laurie Sparham

Long live Helen Mirren!

The British actress who won an Oscar for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 movie, The Queen, will once again don the crown for a new play written by Peter Morgan and to be directed by Stephen Daldry. (Mirren also portrayed the other Queen Elizabeth in a 2005 miniseries, Elizabeth I.)

The new play, The Audience, will focus on the Queen’s relationship with the 12 prime ministers who served during her reign — from Churchill to Cameron. “For 60 years Elizabeth II has met each of her 12 prime ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. A meeting 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,” according to The Audience’s official site.

The Audience will begin performances at the Gielguld Theatre in London’s West End on Feb. 15, 2013.

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