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Helen Mirren Continues Her Reign in 'The Audience,' Reprises Role of Elizabeth II for the Stage

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 21, 2012 at 1:27PM

Helen Mirren will be The Queen again, but this time on stage in "The Audience," a new play by Peter Morgan focusing on Queen Elizabeth II's relationship with the 12 different prime ministers who serve during her epic reign. Mirren's top-notch career doesn't seem to be flagging a bit, with news yesterday that "Hitchcock," in which she stars as Hitch's wife and discerning collaborator Alma Reville, will be an Oscar contender.
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2006's "The Queen"
2006's "The Queen"

Helen Mirren will be The Queen again, but this time it's on stage in "The Audience," a new play by Peter Morgan focusing on the relationship of Queen Elizabeth II with the 12 prime ministers who served during her epic reign. Mirren's top-notch career doesn't seem to be flagging a bit, with news Thursday that "Hitchcock," in which she stars as Hitch's wife and discerning collaborator Alma Reville, will be an Oscar contender.

"The Audience" begins performances at the Gieguld Theater in London's West End on February 15, 2013. The Telegraph reports that the play's title derives from the weekly private discussions held between Elizabeth and her various prime ministers. We got a taste of that in the Elizabeth-Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) faceoffs in Stephen Frear's 2006 "The Queen," for which Mirren won her Best Actress Oscar and Morgan earned a Best Original Screenplay nomination.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.