Full casting has been announced for Diana the Musical in Concert, written by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro and playing at the Eventim Apollo on Monday 4 December.
Alongside Denise Welch, who is guest-starring as The Queen and Kerry Ellis and Maiya Quansah-Breed who share the role of Diana, Diana the Musical features a cast including Alice Fearn (Come From Away, Wicked, Les Misérables) as Camilla Parker Bowles, Andy Coxon (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Sister Act) as Prince Charles, Jay Perry (Back To The Future, Hamilton) as James Hewitt and Aleyna Mohanraj (Annie Get Your Gun, The Secret Garden) as Sarah Spencer.
The production will feature an ensemble cast of students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Mother. Daughter. Sister. Wife. Philanthropist. Icon. Princess.
This radical new version of Diana: The Musical, directed by Owen Horsley, hands the microphone to Diana as she reflects on her past. In a theatrical twist, this is a tale in two parts, narrated by Diana (Kerry Ellis) as she looks back on herself as the 19-year-old Diana (Maiya Quansah-Breed) that captured the nation.
On this stage Diana is in control of her narrative and her story is brought to life with humour and satire and in turn reveals a woman who, having just signed her divorce papers, sees a future filled with opportunity.
Following its viral Netflix recording, this will be the first time the UK has seen this iconic Broadway musical live on stage.
Diana the Musical has music by Bon Jovi keyboard player David Bryan and book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, the team behind the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis. DiPietro also wrote the book for the Tom Jones musical What’s New Pussycat? and the book and lyrics for the long running off-Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.
Director Owen Horsley is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Associate Director of Cheek By Jowl. His most recent productions include Linck & Mulhahn at Hampstead Theatre and Henry VI Parts 2 and 3 and War of the Roses at the RSC.
The musical director is Adam Hoskins (The Secret Garden, Once in Concert, Annie Get Your Gun).