Dame Helen won awards for her role as the Queen in the West End production
Dame Helen Mirren has received warm reviews for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the Broadway transfer of The Audience.
Peter Morgan’s play imagines private meetings between the monarch and her prime ministers over her 60-year reign.
Variety critic Marilyn Stasio wrote: “Maybe she’ll add a Tony to her collection for her triumphant return to Buckingham Palace in The Audience.”
Ben Brantley of the New York Times described Dame Helen as “smashing”.
Dame Helen won the best actress prize at both the Olivier and Evening Standard awards when she first played the role in London two years ago.
The play, directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Peter Morgan, also features political figures such as Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron, while Dame Helen transforms herself from an inexperienced, 20-something monarch to steely figurehead.
The Huffington Post’s theatre critic, Michael Glitz, wrote: “None of it would matter without Mirren. I suppose the play might prove a good showcase for some other actress some day. But it’s hard to imagine anyone doing it better… Mirren is marvellous, letting the few moments of emotional depth pass by without making too much of them.”
The NY Post’s Elisabeth Vincentelli concurred.
“To the surprise of exactly no one, Helen Mirren is absolutely terrific as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience. The physical transformation itself is a lot of fun – how can you not see something that happens right in front of your eyes?! But it pales compared with the way Mirren switches roles from an established, ageing ruler to a young woman – not yet crowned – who holds her own against a colossal statesman swinging his weight around.”
Time Out New York’s David Cote also heaped praise on the British actress.
Source:: BBC Entertainment