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‘Queen’ Helen gives gay drummers an earful

Tue 7 May 2013 In: International News

Helen Mirren, in costume A troupe of street drummers promoting a gay festival have received a stern telling off from Helen Mirren, dressed as Queen Elizabeth II. She walked out of a London theatre in full costume to rebuke them for disrupting her show, The Audience, a drama about the weekly meetings between the queen and Britain's prime ministers over her 60-year reign. Mirren acknowledged to the Daily Telegraph that she used less-than-royal language in her rant. "I'm afraid there were a few 'thespian' words used," Mirren was quoted as saying. "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 drummers were marching through London's West End to promote As One in the Park, a gay music festival being held later this month. "Not much shocks you on the gay scene," parade organiser Mark McKenzie told the Telegraph. "But seeing Helen Mirren dressed as the queen cussing and swearing and making you stop your parade - that's a new one."     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 7th May 2013 - 10:10am

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