'Queen' Helen Mirren Lashes Out At Noisy Drummers Spoiling Her London Play

Category: Media & Culture / May 07, 2013 4:51PM EDT
Actress Helen Mirren delivered another show-stopping performance as Britain's Queen Elizabeth when she marched out of a London theatre dressed as the monarch to deliver an expletive-riddled tirade at a group of drummers ruining the play. Infuriated by loud drumming outside the Gielgud Theatre, where Mirren is portraying the queen in the play "The Audience", she burst out in full costume during the interval on Saturday (May 4) night to tell them to shut up, with a few swear words thrown in for good measure. "And then I saw, obviously Helen Mirren, you know she's got that sort of trademark, that sort of blonde thing going on and she had a sort of Thatcher blue top on. And she comes marching out of there -- real flailing, looking at the arrogance of the woman was incredible," said comedian Chris Dangerfield, who captured the scene on his mobile phone. "She comes out pushing through people, quite ironically really, because it's a gay bar, it's full of queens and the queen actually came out. And she is pushing all past them. And that was it, going crazy," he said. The footage showed an angry Mirren accosting the drummers, waving her arms and gesticulating angrily before the music was brought to a sudden stop. The drummers said they were trying to advertise a gay festival named As One in the Park. "She made herself perfectly clear what was going on. I understand in the heat of the moment, she's on stage, there's a packed theatre, and we are making some noise outside. We were here to promote a festival. So it's fine, she made herself perfectly clear," said Liam Emerson, musical director of the Batala London Drummers. Mirren, 67, said the drumming had got so loud it was disturbing cast and theatre-goers alike. Arriving at the theatre wearing a T-shirt supporting the group, Mirren said she would say the same if there was noise again. "Well, I was very upset. I was very cross. I just spent 5-10 minutes on stage to allow the audience to hear what I was saying which was impossible, so I was steaming," she said, as she met the drummers. Mirren added that she would go to the festival the group was advertising. Video Source: Reuters