Dame Helen as the Queen takes on the Drummers


Helen Mirren now starring in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre London

Dame Helen left the theatre in the interval to tell the street drummers off, Saturday night’s performance of the play was disturbed by the sound of drums five minutes before the interval, dressed as Queen Elizabeth II and told noisy street drummers to “shut the fuck up”.
The troupe of performers marched past the theatre in a parade designed to promote As One In The Park, a festival for gay and transgender people due to take place in East London this month. Followed by a crowd of around 200, the musicians and dancers stopped outside a bar, quite near the Gielgud theatre to perform a drum crescendo – unaware they were drowning out Dame Helen’s lines.helenmirrenqe2blog1

67-year-old Helen Mirren, said ‘I was so upset from struggling through the scene with Paul that I 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.

‘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.’

It must have been a ghost as the second half was interrupted by a lighting blackout, Helen when back on stage and told the audience she had dealt with the noise problems.

Dame Helen Lydia Mirren (née Mironoff; born 26 July 1945), DBE, is an English actor. Mirren has won an Academy Award, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards. In 2003, she received a damehood for services to the performing arts at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

As One In The Park Festival

Sunday 26th May marks the day of London’s biggest gay gathering turned festival. Rita Ora has been announced as the first headline artist to play the main stage, whilst there are many more acts still to be announced across the five stages. The festival is set to become the first credible large- scale gay festival in London.

The event will have four large indoor arenas alongside five additional stages. Tickets for this event cost just £35 early bird or £75 for VIP access. VIP access gets you fast track entry into the event, a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival, entry to the Shadow Lounge Exclusive VIP village, access to a VIP bar and toilets and table service.

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