A new concert version of Broadway show Diana: The Musical is coming to the Eventim Apollo in London.
The show is set to star the West End’s Kerry Ellis (Anything Goes) as Diana, Princess of Wales, alongside Maiya Quansah-Breed (Six The Musical, Rent) as Diana Spencer, and special guest Denise Welch (ITV’s Loose Women) as The Queen.
Playing for one night only on 4 December 2023 at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, the show is produced by Lambert Jackson (Brokeback Mountain, Cruise) and Cuffe and Taylor (The Cher Show).
Diana: The Musical is billed as a “dazzling and devastating” look at the life of Princess Diana, in an original musical by writers David Bryan and Joe DiPietro (Memphis).
The 2021 Broadway production, at the Longacre Theatre starring Jeanna de Waal, was severely disrupted by Covid, and was a critical and commercial flop, running for only 49 performances. The show was also filmed for Netflix.
This London production promises to be a radical new version of Diana: The Musical, directed by Owen Horsley (Linck and Mülhahn), who is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Associate Director of Cheek By Jowl.
New for the show is that the Diana role is split into two parts, as Kerry Ellis as a recently divorced Diana looks back on her 19 year old self, played by Maiya Quansah-Breed.
The creative team’s vision for the show is that Diana will be firmly in control of her own narrative in this new production, and her story will be brought to life with humour and satire to reveal a woman who, having just signed her divorce papers, sees a future filled with opportunity.