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Dog fired from Helen Mirren's new play

March 14, 2013 at 8:04 AM ET

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Helen Mirren in "The Audience."

It's curtains for this corgi! A dog that figured prominently in "The Audience," a new play starring Helen Mirren that's currently in preview performances in London's West End, had to be replaced after missing the leading lady's cues on 16 different occasions.

According to The Telegraph, 7-year-old Lizzy was supposed to enter stage right at the beginning of a scene, along with fellow corgi Rocky, then start exiting stage left before running back upon Mirren's command -- but Lizzy just didn't want to obey!

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"She was excited the first three times," "The Audience" director Stephen Daldry told the paper, explaining that Lizzy followed through during her first few performances, "and then I think she decided she didn't want to be an actress anymore. She decided to retire from the British stage. Now she's back home, a resting actress, resting by the fire."

Aw.

The adorable Lizzy was replaced by the similarly adorable Coco, who is said to be behaving quite well when Mirren calls. (The actress is once again playing Queen Elizabeth II in "The Audience," which was penned by "The Queen" screenwriter Peter Morgan.)

"People seem to think corgis nip and yap, but all the ones we have worked with -- including dear old Lizzy -- have been gorgeous," Daldry added.

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