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article imageDame Helen Mirren in 'blue' tirade at drummers

By Amanda Payne     May 7, 2013 in Entertainment
London - Well known British actress, Dame Helen Mirren, starring as the Queen in a play called 'The Audience' was not amused when she was interrupted by the sound of drumming coming from the street.
Still dressed as Her Majesty, the award winning actress stormed from the stage out into the street outside the Gielgud Theatre in London to confront a troupe of drummers who were noisily promoting a gay and transgender festival.
Using language that the Queen would most definitely not use, at least not in public, Helen Mirren launched into a tirade much to the surprise of the crowd who had gathered to watch the drummers.
The actress was joined by her co-star Rufus Wright, who appears as Prime Minister David Cameron in the play. The Daily Telegraph reports that parade organiser Mark McKenzie said:
“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.”
The actress told the paper:
“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."
The following night, Dame Helen appeared at the stage door of the theatre wearing a special T-shirt, apparently hand made, which promoted the event that the drummers had been advertising. The 67-year-old actress said that she liked drumming and in normal circumstances would have enjoyed their performance. However, she was unable to perform herself as the noise penetrated right into the theatre itself.
What would the real Queen think of all the brouhaha one wonders?
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