Helen Mirren wins Olivier Award for ‘The Audience’

British actress Helen Mirren poses with her award for best actress during the Lawrence Olivier Awards for theatre at the Royal Opera House in London.

Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth in the film “The Queen,” captured another accolade — a Laurence Olivier Award, the U.K.'s highest stage honor — for her latest portrayal of the monarch in “The Audience.”

The play, written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote “The Queen,” re-creates the Queen’s weekly meetings with prime ministers from Winston Churchhill to David Cameron.


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In her acceptance speech Sunday night in London, Mirren joked that the queen deserved the award “for the most consistent and committed performance of the 20th century and probably the 21st century.”

The gala’s biggest winner was “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a National Theatre production adapted from the Mark Haddon bestseller. The play won seven trophies, including best new play and lead actor for Luke Treadaway.

“Sweeney Todd” was voted best musical revival, with stars Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton scoring awards for lead actor and lead actress in a musical. “Einstein on the Beach” won best new opera production.


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