Helen Mirren to reclaim her crown in new play The Audience

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Media captionHelen Mirren: "I thought you are an idiot if you turn away from this".

Dame Helen Mirren is to reprise her Oscar-winning performance as Her Majesty the Queen.

Six years after starring as the British monarch on film, Dame Helen is recreating the role in the stage production The Audience.

Peter Morgan's play depicts the weekly meetings between The Queen and some of the 12 Prime Ministers of her reign, among them Harold Wilson, Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

Arts Editor Will Gompertz went to meet her.