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Helen Mirren, as Queen, yells at drummers, then helps them (Video)

05/06/2013 by Kristina Lopez

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren let loose on a group of drummers who disrupted her performance on stage in London's West End on Sunday, May 5.

The actress confronted the drummers in full costume as Queen Elizabeth II outside Gielgud Theatre, where she had been performing in "The Audience," according to the U.K newspaper The Telegraph.

The group had been drumming outside the theater to promote an upcoming gay music festival called As One In the Park. Mirren angrily addressed the drummers during the intermission of the play.

"I'm afraid there were a few 'thespian' words used," Mirren told the newspaper. "They got a very stern royal ticking off but I have to say they were very sweet and they stopped immediately."

"I felt rotten but on the other hand they were destroying our performance so something had to be done," the 67-year-old actress added. "The drumming just slowly got louder and louder and then settled right outside the stage door. There was just a thin wall between drumming and the theatre so it was unbelievably loud on stage."

Mark McKenzie, who organized the drummers, told The Telegraph, "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."

On Monday, May 6, Mirren was spotted arriving to the theater with a custom made T-shirt that featured a picture of a drum on the back with the caption, "Yes please! Just not outside a theatre!"

In an interview with ITV News, which can also be seen below, Mirren talked about the confrontation and said, "I was very upset. I was very cross. I just spent like five, 10 minutes on stage trying to, you know, allow the audience to hear what I was saying, which was sort of impossible so I was like steaming."

"I literally walked straight off stage, straight up the stairs, straight out that stage door and they were like right here. It was so loud," she added. "But anyway, this is their function."

She confirmed that she was "definitely" going to go to the event and later continued, "You know, the irony is I love drumming and I love drummers and in another situation I would've been out here just enjoying it & unfortunately I was having to do a play at the same time."

Mirren won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role in "The Audience" in late April. The actress previously played Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 movie "The Queen." Mirren won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for the film.

Check out video of Mirren's outburst and her ITV News interview below.

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