Academy Award winner Helen Mirren is donning the royal crown once again. The actress will play the role of Queen Elizabeth II in playwright Peter Morgan's "The Audience" on Broadway next spring, it was announced Wednesday.
Mirren, 69, won a Best Actress Oscar for her depiction of Elizabeth in the 2006 film "The Queen," with a screenplay by Morgan.
"The Audience" -- which imagines a series of conversations between the monarch and 12 different prime ministers -- was a hit in London last year and won Mirren an Olivier Award, the British equivalent of a Tony. The New York production at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, which will start previews Feb. 17 and opens March 8, is to be directed by Stephen Daldry, who also directed the play in the West End.
Mirren was last seen on Broadway in 2001, opposite Ian McKellen in a production of August Strindberg's "The Dance of Death," and before that in "A Month in the Country" in 1995. She was nominated for Tony Awards both times.