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Helen Mirren won the Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth in “The Queen,” written by Peter Morgan. Now Baz Bamigboye reports from London in today’s Daily Mail that Mirren and Morgan are teaming  up for a second go–this time on stage in the West End, and the play is called “The Audience.’ (Some movie blogs are reporting this without the credit.) Here’s the story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2206391/Helen-Mirren-set-reign-stage-Queen-Elizabeth-II.html

Baz, unlike the outlet that lifted the story from him this morning, spoke directly to Mirren. She said she was offered this role in June and considered turning it down. There are concerns about how to age her on stage. But Mirren and director Stephen Daldry work miracles. They will figure it out. The West End run is from February to June 2013. If it’s a hit, I have no doubt New York will see it in February 2014, for a nice Tony run.

Just a thought: QEII, up there in Buckingham Palace, dealing with naked relatives–what does she think of herself being depicted so often on film and on stage? Is she ghastly bored with it, or does she have DVDs and posters? I wonder if we’ll ever know!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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