Helen Mirren may bring her performance of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience” to Broadway as early as next season.
Mirren currently is playing the role in the West End production, and she says talks currently are underway to bring the show to Broadway, according to the Daily Mail.
“There are talks and negotiations going on now, and I will be going to do the play over there around this time next year,” the actress told the newspaper.
Certainly, Mirren is no stranger to the role of Queen Elizabeth II, after winning an Oscar for her portrayal in the 2006 film “The Queen.” That movie was written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote “The Audience,” a new play.
Here’s how the show’s official website describes the show:
For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve 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. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.
The play is currently playing a limited engagement at the Gielgud Theatre in London, and is scheduled to continue through June 15. Mirren says that there are no plans to extend this production.
“Cameron Mackintosh, who owns it, has already booked in another show, so we couldn’t stay at the Gielgud,’ she said. “In any case, I have other commitments now, but I have urged the producers to continue with another actress, at another theatre. It’s such a good piece, and there are so many people unable to get tickets, that they should re-mount it.”