Helen Mirren Curses Out Drummers Who Disrupt Her Performance of ‘The Audience’… In Full Makeup

helen-mirren-the-audienceI never quite got why people use drumming to get attention during street protests and promotions.  Sure it’s loud and makes bystanders turn their heads… but mostly because it’s incredibly annoying.  So with that in mind, if you’re absolutely set on promoting something with a company of drummers, could you at least refrain from doing it next to a theater? 

On Saturday night a group of marching drummers were playing their instruments to promote As One in the Park, a London gay music festival set to begin later this month.  Unfortunately, the marching drummers went right past the West End’s Gielgud Theatre, where Dame Helen Mirren is currently starring as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience.  Naturally, Mirren reprising her Oscar-winning role as Elizabeth is one of the hottest tickets in town, so the packed house and Mirren herself were subjected to loud drumming from outside the theater during the performance.

So, during intermission Mirren went out — in full makeup and costume — to ask the drummers to cut it out.  The New York Times notes that Mirren used “some strong language to halt the festivities.”  She later copped to it, explaining, “I’m afraid there were a few ‘thespian’ words used. “They got a very stern royal ticking off, but I have to say they were very sweet, and they stopped immediately.”

One of the organizers of the parade, Mark McKenzie, showed that he was a good sport about Mirren’s “thespian” words, saying, “Not much shocks you on the gay scene, but seeing Helen Mirren dressed as the queen cussing and swearing and making you stop your parade — that’s a new one.”

1 Comment

  1. Bryan Edward Avis via Facebook

    May 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Another British idiot who thinks they own the world!!! Suppose she wants people to bow down to her as well!!! Pathetic, childish, SAD clown of a woman…

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