“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,” Mirren tells The Daily Telegraph. “I felt rotten but on the other hand they were destroying our performance so something had to be done.”
Apparently the drumming could be heard clearly through the walls of the theater when “The Audience’s” first act was wrapping up. During the intermission, Mirren went outside to yell at the drummers to move.
“I was so upset from struggling through the scene with Paul [Ritter] that I literally walked straight off stage, straight up the stairs and straight out the stage door and banged my way through the crowd who were watching and said ‘stop, you’ve got to stop right now’ only I might have used stronger language than that,” she says. “They were very sweet and stopped the minute they knew I wasn’t just a batty old woman haranguing them on the streets of Soho on a Saturday night.”
Mirren says she would like to invite the drummers to attend a performance of the play. Mark McKenzie, the man who organized the play to promote the London’s As One In the Park festival, says, “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.”
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