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Helen Mirren will reign again as Queen Elizabeth | Jamie Tuohy

Helen Mirren is set to reprise her role as Queen Elizabeth, but this time it will be in a stage play, entitled The Audience. Image

The actress, who won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in The Queen will take to the West End stage next February, in a play directed by Stephen Daldry at the Gielgud Theatre.

The Audience will depict vital conversations between the Queen and her twelve Prime Ministers and will portray the Queen from the time she acceded to the throne, aged 25, right through to her 80s.

Helen will play the 25-year-old Elizabeth, and despite being 67-years-old herself, she said she isn’t worried about appearances, as she will use the Queen’s accent change to reflect the passing years.

Mirren said, “Her voice has changed, and I can use that — she had a terribly posh voice when she was young,’ Mirren said, skilfully mimicking the youthful Queen’s cut-glass received pronunciation.”

“But now even the Queen, while she isn’t quite dropping the ends of her lines — though her grandsons do! — there’s a tiny bit of estuary creeping in there. I can use all that to signify the age range, and we’ll come up with other things.”

The play, which will feature “explosive conversations” with everyone “from Churchill to Cameron” will open at the Gielgud Theatre on 15 February and will run until June 15.The press release promises that “each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.”

Sounds fantastic!


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