One of Helen Mirren's four-legged co-stars in the new play "The Audience" apparently has been fired after it failed to obey the actress' royal commands in her role as Queen Elizabeth II. Britain's Telegraph reported that a female corgi by the name of Lizzy was let go from the production during preview performances before the show officially opened.
Lizzy failed to heed Mirren's command during a scene set in Balmoral, the British monarch's retreat in Scotland. The dog was supposed to run across stage without a leash when called by the actress, but failed to do so during several previews.
The Telegraph reported that Lizzy, who is 7 years old, failed to obey the command on 16 consecutive performances. As a result, Lizzy was sacked and replaced with another dog, named Coco.
Lizzy is now back home with her owner, according to the report.
"The Audience," by Peter Morgan, is running at the Gielgud Theatre on London's West End. The play will be broadcast to cinemas worldwide starting June 13 as part of the National Theatre Live series.