The Queen could be making an appearance on Broadway next season, according to U.K.’s Daily Mail. Oscar winner Helen Mirren, currently reprising the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the acclaimed West End production of The Audience, is reportedly in negotiations to star in a New York mounting of Peter Morgan's new play. While the transfer is eyeing a Broadway bow for this time next year, no exact dates, theater or additional casting have been set.
The Audience follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 to the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. For 50 years the Queen has sat with all of England’s Prime Ministers for private, weekly meetings at Buckingham Palace. The Audience hopes to break the silence on these highly secretive meetings. Morgan wrote the screenplay for the hit 2006 film The Queen, which also starred Mirren as Elizabeth II. Mirren won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the Queen of England.
The Audience is currently playing at London’s Gielgud Theatre, where it will play a limited engagement through June 15. Although the production could extend, it reportedly will not continue at the Gielgud. “Cameron Mackintosh, who owns [the theater] has already booked another show, so we couldn’t stay at the Gielgud,” Mirren said. Although the Oscar winner already has another engagement lined up for the summer, she's given her blessing to a possible London transfer, with another actress starring as Queen Elizabeth. “It’s such a good piece, and there are so many people unable to get tickets, that they should re-mount it.”
Can't wait to see you in New York, Your Majesty!