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Mirren's co-star describes drummer rant as 'breathtaking'

The actor Rufus Wright who plays David Cameron in 'The Audience' joined Dame Helen when she went to confront the drummers.

Dame Helen tells noisy drummers to keep quiet

Dame Helen Mirren won an Olivier Award for her role in 'The Audience'. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Helen Mirren surprised a group of drummers who were performing in the street outside the Gielgud Theatre on Saturday by yelling at them to stop because they were spoiling her play. The Olivier Award-winning actress was playing the Queen in 'The Audience' but got fed up with the sound of the drums.

During the interval, she marched outside in her costume and angrily demanded that the drummers stop. The group, who were promoting a festival in east London, immediately halted and have apologised.

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