Helen Mirren as the Queen pulls a semi-LuPone...
Helen Mirren shouts at people disrupting her performance as the Queen. How the real Queen must wish she could do the same
Dame Helen Mirren silenced a crowd of drummers promoting a gay music festival. Photo: JOHAN PERSSON
By Telegraph View10:58PM BST 05 May 2013Comment
There is something majestic about Dame Helen Mirren that transcends even her currently reprised role as the Queen. So often has she played the monarch now that it can be difficult to tell the two apart, or even to expect Dame Helen’s mannerisms to be replicated by the Queen. However, it is unlikely that Her Majesty, hosting a garden party at Buckingham Palace, for instance, would have remonstrated with people on the street outside for making a racket. On Saturday, Dame Helen stormed out of her West End theatre, where she is starring as the Queen in Stephen Daldry’s play The Audience, and in full costume told a bunch of street drummers to pipe down, which they duly did, offering profuse apologies. “She just stomped out and shouted 'Quiet’,” said one of the drummers. Sometimes, the Queen must wish she could do the same.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||07/31/2013|
Atta girl! Don't fuck with Mirren!
|by Anonymous||reply 1||05/05/2013|
I knew just knew she would win the Olivier Award when I saw her name on the list and what the role was.
I don't know how theatre actors could reasonably ignore that. Why the hell would people be rowdy at this of all things, it would be the hottest ticket in town.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||05/05/2013|
Fuck her had no idea she hated the gays.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||05/05/2013|
R3 Try reading it again. She doesnt hate gay people, she hates people making so much noise it disturbed her performance. She would have done the same thing to any group doing the same thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||05/05/2013|
Oh hang on, it was people OUTSIDE? How bizarre.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||05/05/2013|
R3/5, she wouldn't have known it was a group promoting a gay music festival out there until she got out there. Think about it. Think really hard.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/05/2013|
R5 No self loathing here. Just someone who deals in reality.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||05/05/2013|
Wow. Some of you idiots are PARANOID.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||05/05/2013|
HEADLINE: THE QUEEN HATES QUEENS
|by Anonymous||reply 10||05/05/2013|
those theaters in London are not well insulated. you can clearly hear traffic outside. I can't imagine the huge racket a bunch of drummers were making. good for her for shutting them up. it would take a group of real idiots to go outside of a theater in the middle of a performance and start drumming and shouting.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||05/05/2013|
R7 She certainly didn't know they were gay before she went out there, and its doubtful she knew who they were after she left.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/05/2013|
If it was a gay music festival I'm surprised she wasn't yelling at a synthesizer.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||05/05/2013|
R5 we know you think calling someone self loathing is a great insult, but when it has no basis on facts, it just makes you look foolish.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||05/05/2013|
It's basis IN facts, not ON facts.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||05/05/2013|
It's a little early in the pointless debate to be retreating to the grammar trenches, isn't it?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/05/2013|
Didn't Hepburn do this to a construction crew during Coco?
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/05/2013|
Team Helen Mirren. And frankly I'm sick of people playing drums in the street, loud and all the other crap that goes on in the street that is loud and noisy.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||05/05/2013|
The homosexuals. Everything they do is so dramatic and flamboyant. It just makes me want to set myself on fire!
|by Anonymous||reply 20||05/05/2013|
[quote]Didn't Hepburn do this to a construction crew during Coco?
No, according to her, or legend, Hepburn was bothered by nearby construction noise during the Wednesday matinees of "Coco", so she tried to fix the problem. She apparently rode up to the construction site on the temporary elevator and simply introduced herself. She asked if it would be possible to have some quiet between 2-4pm on Wednesdays, and offered tickets to the show to anyone who wanted them. Problem solved. It sounds apocryphal, but it is a nice story anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||05/05/2013|
"Didn't Hepburn do this to a construction crew during Coco?"
I thought that legend had it that every Wednesday she would have tea sent to the workers during the time she was performing.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/05/2013|
Helen needs to move on and stop playing Her Maj. I think Dame Helen is starting to take herself a tad too seriously. The Olivier wasn't really deserved. She only got it because she played the Queen. Again.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/06/2013|
I finally watched The Queen and don't think Mirren deserved the Oscar for it either. It's a good performance, but the only moment that was truly convincing was during the broadcast when she finally spoke about Diana. Dench should have won for Notes on a Scandal.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/06/2013|
"those theaters in London are not well insulated. you can clearly hear traffic outside"
Oh honey, you haven't lived until you've been in a theatre in London above a Tube line...(remember, many of those theatres were there in the 18th/19th century)
It's just one of those things you learn to live with - I had a tunnel under my house...
Drumming, on the other hand...
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/06/2013|
Mirren was good in The Queen, but her best performance that year was in Prime Suspect 7. She was sublime. Prime Suspect 7 was better than anything Dench did that year, if you ask me.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/06/2013|
[quote]The Olivier wasn't really deserved. She only got it because she played the Queen. Again.
Agreed. It's the only reason she won. We joke about Hollywood that all you need to do is star in a Holocaust movie and you'll get an Oscar, but in London if you play a royal (mostly it's just the Tudors & Windsors they're obsessed with) you're guaranteed accolades up the wazoo!
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/06/2013|
[italic]Dame Helen Mirren offered an olive branch to a troupe of noisy drummers who disrupted her performance as the Queen – by taking it upon herself to promote their music festival for them.
Dame Helen stormed out of the Gielgud theatre in London on Saturday dressed as the Queen to remonstrate with a troupe of samba-style musicians who had stopped outside the stage door while she was performing in The Audience, a play about the Queen.
Today she offered them an olive branch, by appearing in a t-shirt with a hand-written message advertising the festival - but with a cheeky message on the back urging them to take their drumming elsewhere.
It shows a drum with two drumsticks, drawn in black marker pen, above the message: “Yes please! Just not outside a theatre!”[/italic]
|by Anonymous||reply 28||05/06/2013|
Awwww ... she's a good egg. With a BANGING BOD!
|by Anonymous||reply 29||05/06/2013|
She looks great from behind, in a white shirt no less.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||05/06/2013|
We all know the character and performance that will truly be remembered the year that Helen won for The Queen. Miranda Priestly by Madelyn Ashton.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||05/07/2013|
Yelling at people outside the theatre....I never thought of that. Somebody get me a show I can stop!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 32||05/07/2013|
Fuck people making noise in public.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||05/07/2013|
That play (The Audience) is fabulous. It was shown at cinemas around the UK the next month.
I'm not a big fan of Stephen Daldry and I wasn't that keen on The Queen/Mirren as her, but she was so much better here and given more to do; have found a new found respect for her in this role. The direction and script here was a lot better than the dull TV movie one for The Queen. I dunno, it just worked better for the stage than cinematically.
r26 I loved Prime Suspect but kinda lost track after the first 3 or 4. At the time Cracker came along and made it redundant. I love Mirren in Gosford Park. And of course Caligula.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||07/31/2013|
"So often has she played the monarch now that it can be difficult to tell the two apart, or even to expect Dame Helen’s mannerisms to be replicated by the Queen."
I think they were tyring to say that "So often has she played the monarch now that it can be difficult to tell the two apart, or even NOT to expect Dame Helen’s mannerisms to be replicated by the Queen."
Clearly, the Telegraph needs to start hiring people who can write a simple sentence or alternatively a competent editor.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||07/31/2013|