Roundabout Theatre Company honored Dame Helen Mirren at its 2015 spring gala, held March 2 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. Mirren, currently starring on Broadway in The Audience, was presented with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre following a tribute from Broadway vets including Jennifer Garner, Alessandro Nivola, Laura Benanti, Alan Cumming, Laura Osnes, Betsy Wolfe, and more. Mirren made her Broadway debut in 1995 at Roundabout Theatre Company in a Tony-nominated performance in A Month in the Country. The Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre is named after the late Jason Robards for his longstanding relationship with Roundabout and for his memorable body of stage work. It is given to those who have made an indelible impact on both Roundabout and the theater world.
Save the best for last, this March we spotlight the “Prime Suspect” series, one of the greatest achievements in Helen’s career. From 1991 to 2006, she portrayed Det. Supt. Jane Tennison in seven programmes that were as gritty, suspenseful and controversial as a television crime show can get. It gave Helen the role of a lifetime that became an iconic part of British television. Today we start with the first Prime Suspect, which I consider still the very best. To learn more about the show, visit the career page. Stills, promotionals and screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery. Eight clips have been added to the video archive.
Over 100 additional production stills of Helen’s feature films and television projects, ranging from 1971 to 1989, have been added to the photo gallery. Updates include “Cousin Bette”, “The Quiz Kid”, “The Long Good Friday”, “Coming Through” and “Red King White Knight”. To view all latest added images, click the previews below for a complete overview.
On Sunday, CBS’ Sunday Morning ran a profile on Helen Mirren and the Broadway opening of “The Audience”. The programme featured a couple of scenes from the West End run of the play and included an interview with Helen, on the play, Shakespeare, and – inevitably – the old Parkinson interview. The full segment can be watched in the video archive, screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.