Helen Mirren attended a dance festival tent over the weekend, but then soon decided to leave because the music was too loud for her.
Mirren was attending the As One In The Park gay festival, which was being held in London’s Victora Park and saw the likes of Rita Ora, Conor Maynard, and Katy B play.
However, Mirren, who moved around the festival in the VIP area, was soon attempting to find somewhere to dance but found herself foiled by the volume of the dance tent.
She told The Metro, “It is a bit noisy for me because I’m too old but I’m having a lovely day.” Mirren attended the event to show her support for the Batala London carnival drumming band.
This came after the actress shouted at the group last week as they played outside of the Gielgud Theatre, where Mirren is currently performing as The Queen in The Audience. They were only playing to promote the event.
Mirren decided to voice her discontent whilst still dressed in her royal attire, and confronted the drummers. The parade’s organizer, Mark McKenzie, remarked of the incident, “Not much shocks you on the gay scene. But seeing Helen Mirren dressed as the Queen cussing and swearing and making you stop your parade – that’s a new one.”
Mirren herself commented on the ordeal, “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. I felt rotten but on the other hand they were destroying our performance so something had to be done.
“The drumming just slowly got louder and louder and then settled right outside the stage door. There was just a thin wall between drumming and the theatre so it was unbelievably loud on stage. 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.”