Kristin Scott Thomas to Take on the Role of Queen Elizabeth II in West End Production

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Kristin Scott Thomas is the next in line to play a reigning royal on stage.

Thomas will receive the crown from Helen Mirren in a revival of the West End play, The Audience. She will be taking on the role Queen Elizabeth II, originally played by Mirren.

Mirren, who also played Queen Elizabeth II in film The Queen, will be taking her production, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry, to Broadway in February.

Mirren originated the role in the 2013 West End production of the play and won an Olivier Award for her performance.

Written by Peter Morgan, the play documents the monarch's relationships with the dozen prime ministers who have served during her six-decade reign.

Daldry will also direct the new London production, which begins previews April 21 at London's Apollo Theatre.

Scott Thomas, whose film credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient and Only God Forgives, is currently starring in Sophocles' Electra at London's Old Vic Theatre.

Meanwhile, Mirren was recently named the new face of L'Oréal Paris at the age of 69. Now, that is cool.

Pam Wright