‘The Audience’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On The Brilliant Return Of Helen Mirren’s Queen


Sometimes I think we Americans worship the Royal Family as much as our British cousins do. Or maybe, as I say in my video review above, we Yanks just love watching the unsurpassable Helen Mirren play a royal.

Mirren won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen back in 2006 (she has had three other Oscar nominations in her lustrous career). Now Dame Helen is playing the Queen again on Broadway in The Audience (which, like The Queen, was written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote Rush and Frost/Nixon).

Mirren also played the first Queen Liz in a 2005 TV miniseries, Elizabeth I. She even was the voice of the Snow Queen in the 1995 animated film of the same name. She has this queen thing down quite nicely, and shows it again as this play, formerly performed in England, makes its way to the United…

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