You must respect the THEATRE! The Daily Telegraph reports that Dame Helen Mirren left a performance of The Audience, in full Queen Elizabeth II costume, Saturday evening to yell at a group of drummers outside the Gielgud Theatre for disrupting the performance. Apparently, as the music from a group promoting the As One in the Park festival grew louder, Mirren could barely hear her co-star, Paul Ritter, speak and so she walked off the stage and left the theater to scold the performers, in less than regal language, reportedly.
Mirren told the Telegraph, “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.” She continued, “I felt rotten but on the other hand they were destroying our performance so something had to be done.”
Mirren recently won an Olivier Award for her performance in the play.
Requests to Mirren’s representation as well as representatives from the As One in the Park festival for comment were not immediately returned.