LONDON - A group of drummers got quite the shock Saturday in London's West End when Hellen Mirren, dressed as Queen Elizabeth, yelled at them to stop playing.
Mirren, 67, had been performing on stage in a new play, "The Audience," in which she plays Queen Elizabeth, ABC News reported.
Mirren said the drummers were playing so loudly outside the theater that she could barely hear her co-star, and the audience couldn't hear them at all. During an intermission, she confronted the street performers.
"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," Mirren said.
The drummers immediately stopped playing.
"I felt rotten, but on the other hand, they were destroying our performance so something had to be done," Mirren said.
The group of drummers was promoting a gay and transgender people scheduled for later this month in London.
"Not much shocks you on the gay scene," said parade organizer Mark McKenzie, "but seeing Helen Mirren dressed as the queen using and swearing and making you stop your parade—that's a new one.