May 6th, 2013
10:35 AM ET
If you don't know better than to interrupt Helen Mirren when she's ... well, doing anything, we wager you get what's coming to you.
A crew of drummers learned that lesson on Saturday when the actress stormed out of London's Gielgud Theatre to tell them to hush up - although she admits to the U.K.'s Telegraph that she used a few choice words to make her point.
The 67-year-old star had been on stage performing as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Audience" when the troupe of drummers, who were thumping away nearby to promote the "As One In the Park" gay music festival, became too loud to ignore.
It was during the production's intermission that Mirren, fully dressed in her regal costume, stepped outside to give the crowd their marching orders.
“I’m afraid there were a few 'thespian’ words used," Mirren told the Telegraph. "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."
Mirren said that at one point she and her co-star, Paul Ritter, could barely hear one another speak.
“I was so upset from struggling through the scene with Paul 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," "The Queen" star said. “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.”
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