Diana: The Musical

  • 09 Oct - 15 Oct, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

Netflix have now given us the filmed version of the jaw dropping Broadway show Diana: The Musical, shot at the Longacre theater. And while you’re waiting for Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as Diana, this will have to do. It’s a saucer-eyed retelling of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, with bobbing chorus lines of footmen and flunkies who with a costume change morph into step-in-time phalanxes of snarling tabloid hacks, while Diana solemnly warbles downstage about her loneliness and determination in a pool of follow spotlight. We begin with single girl Diana bemused by Charles’s interest in her and confiding in her older sister Sarah, who has herself dated the Prince of Wales. She tells Diana that she would be a good match for him. Charles and Diana begin their relationship to a background of press intrusion and royal sneering, while Charles keeps on seeing the worldly Camilla Parker Bowles. When Charles and Diana have to meet people from a place called “Wales”, these commoners are smudgy-faced, overgrown urchins. When Diana and Camilla icily confront each other, it is at a posh and stuffy fashionable party, with people singing around.

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