Interrupt Helen Mirren? You should think twice
May 6th, 2013
10:35 AM ET

Interrupt Helen Mirren? You should think twice

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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  1. the 3 stooges wanted too beat me up...

    help me helen...

    May 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. alumette

    Good for her ! well done. They likely did not notice their noise was drowning the sound at the performance Helen Mirren was involved with. You got to do what you got to do !

    May 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Post Its Down-Go For It Men

    Talented woman...i love her...

    May 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Confessional booth

    we have people who fight with their boyfriends on this blog....move on dear.

    where is my boyfriend...he's cheating on me....whoa is me....puh leaze

    May 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JGN

    Ad note; The Marquee Blog refers to the actual article, not to what we say after it. Sorry to pop your glory bubble.

    May 6, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JGN

    Once again people like TFan mistake these nothing little comments for 'blogging'.

    May 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pliny

    If I could be anyone else in the world besides the sniveling little pillow-biter that I am, it would be Helen Mirren. Close second is Liza Minnelli.

    May 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Should we expose the accounts too show her what helen has?

    got that would be orgasm city...would it not??

    May 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Should we expose the accounts too show her what helen has?

    got that would be orgasm city...would it not?

    May 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Interrupt Helen and you take a 1st class plane too hell...

    wonderfull actress and i have total respect for this lovely accomplished actress....

    May 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ModerMaleView (truth)

    if a woman constantly has too remind her man about funds, poop shoots, and cootches...i would question the relationship....sounds like self esteem issues....

    May 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Helen is a professional...

    wait until you see her new high sandals with and orange toe pedicure...

    May 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TFan

    this is not a contest dear.....its blogging...

    May 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Flashing Bulbs...Uh Oh Reese Again

    hello dolly was adorable and would have loved too see helen play the part.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hellen ---

    professional actress, Oscar winner and appears too be a great lady....

    May 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Make sure you got cash on you cuz daz all mileage want...


    May 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Go get that mileage man....

    when your age becomes 46 or 47 it starts to changes...make sure you put the bag on with the mileage...(wink)

    May 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Strange at 50...they still want me...

    i guess because i'm not a wide reciever....i know 25 year old that have more mileage then cars...

    May 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Men do not mind 50 years old as long as the cootch is tight and not wrinkled..

    as for you...if you behaved i'd jump ya....

    May 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  20. The Shakies....

    the men i know and alot of them are very handsome prefer...bouncing up and down and big rear end shakes....
    times have changed...the tight ends are not as famous as they once were.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  21. F. E. 'Cal' Matter

    She does have some nice, juttin' jigglers for an older broad. I'd motorboat them.

    May 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. rock50

    rock reminds me of me....keep punching and there is helen next day

    May 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  23. TFan

    how can you do that dear if your sitting in corner looking like your on a misery trip too helll

    May 6, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  24. Helen is a dream...

    Beautiful older woman you had too see her when she was younger she was fabulous and she's very interesting too talk speak with and a professional in the business...hands down.

    May 6, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  25. DagoT

    The only time I'd even consider interrupts-ing Ms Mirren is coitus...

    May 6, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Drago lost that fight too by the way...

      how can you do that dear if your sitting in corner looking like your on a misery trip too helll

      May 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. TFan

    she did not say yes too g....however after church we could do the 4pm show.

    May 6, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  27. Wow...

    Good to see that heterophobia is not strictly confined to the US. Sounds like she was well justified.

    May 6, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  28. Gross

    Helen Mirren showed her bare ( o )( o ) years ago in the movie Excalibur, and they were spectacular?

    May 6, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  29. When i see helen and barbra i become so happy

    many of my sweet fans in town see me and will still sing hello dolly when i walk into a room...its hysterical
    very sweet.

    May 6, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  30. Marie G

    helen is an accomplished actress she is very wealthy yet not a bragger of her money...yes this woman actually has money. thanks

    May 6, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  31. Boo's G

    helen is one of our fine actresses and i agree a legend...did anyone see hello dolly?

    May 6, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  32. Hello Dolly

    did anyone see hello dolly on tv last night....i love that movie with barbra streisand and Walter Mattheau i had the honor of playing the part at my theater group many many years go....Helen also had the role on broadyway

    May 6, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  33. Jesus H. Christ

    I've noticed that too.

    May 6, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  34. Gross

    Jesus, I swear morning sh!ts smell worse than any other dump of the day. I wonder why that is?

    May 6, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • TFan

      you must have aggravated like you usually do gross

      May 6, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Gross


      May 6, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      If your 'humor' is just stupid and vulgar, repeating it does not make it funny.

      Your humor is still stupid and vulgar. And you are boring.

      Perfect for's a loose/loose.

      May 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jealousy fuels jealousy

      ...i am very picky....move along dear before we go "got it"

      May 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gross

      I was making an observation with a question, Pliny the Prude, and that was the first time I've made that particular comment. Tell me, oh wise puritanical one: why do YOU think morning bowel movements tend to be the smelliest?

      May 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tuesday Blogging Analysis

      is going too be so much fun...

      May 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      You wouldn't call me a prude if you knew I like to take it in the poop chute...

      May 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taking it up the poop shoot is not brain surgery..everyone can do that dear...

      sounds bribarian too me.

      May 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      I took a dump this morning, and mixed in with the waste matter was a ribbed condom! Now how do you suppose it got there?

      May 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      I suppose I should clarify that it was a USED condom...

      May 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Boo's G

    you know this woman is georgous for her age. accomplished actress and still very beautiful ...

    May 6, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  36. MarMot

    A Legend

    May 6, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  37. TFan

    wonderful actress and a walking star

    May 6, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |

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