Full casting has been confirmed for the new concert version of Broadway show Diana: The Musical, which is coming to the Eventim Apollo in London.
Already announced are Kerry Ellis (Anything Goes) as Diana, Princess of Wales, alongside Maiya Quansah-Breed (Six The Musical, Rent) as Diana’s younger self – Diana Spencer, and with special guest Denise Welch (ITV’s Loose Women) as The Queen.
They will be joined by Alice Fearn (Come From Away, Wicked) as Camilla Parker Bowles; Andy Coxon (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical) as Prince Charles; Jay Perry (Hamilton) as James Hewitt; Aleyna Mohanraj (Annie Get Your Gun) as Sarah Spencer; and the ensemble will be students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
This London production promises to be a radical new version of Diana: The Musical, directed by Owen Horsley, who is an associate artist of the RSC and associate director of Cheek By Jowl, with Adam Hoskins (Annie Get Your Gun) as musical supervisor.
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.
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.