(LONDON) -- Actress Helen Mirren delivered an expletive-laced rant at a group of noisy street marchers on Saturday after they disturbed her stage portrayal of Queen Elizabeth the Second.
The Sun quotes witnesses as saying Mirren stormed out of London’s Gielgud Theatre during an intermission of the play The Audience and screamed at a group of marchers banging drums to “Shut the f**k up.”
Witnesses say Mirren was still dressed as the royal monarch, complete with pearls and a tiara, as she told the marchers that theatre-goers had paid “a lot of f***ing money” to see her show and that they were “f***ing ruining it.”
Mirren returned to the stage following her rant and apologized to the theatre audience for the noise. The actress received a standing ovation after she announced to the theatre crowd that she had told the marchers “not too politely to go away.”
The play centers on the queen’s interactions with a succession of British prime ministers.
Mirren won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth the Second in the 2006 film The Queen.
The marchers were banging drums to promote an upcoming London festival.
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