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The Diana Tapes

From 63 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

About the show

With the 20th anniversary of the Princess’s untimely death upon us, this new drama explores the subterfuge and deception which lead to a scorching climax and changed celebrity, privacy, and the Windsor family forever. More…

'The Diana Tapes' moves swiftly between Morton’s office, the sitting room where the Princess recorded her darkest secrets onto cassettes, and the dingy West London cafe where one of her best friends surreptitiously handed them over. This play allows us to consider the role of the media in our cultural institutions and governing bodies, and the impact it has on our perceptions, then and now.

Member Reviews (63)


Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Dated

See it if you want a live take on what is already known - nothing new offered here. Kudos for some unique, bare budget staging.

Don't see it if you want a fast-paced the the main story. While the acting is okay, there is a lack of a spark to the production.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Clever, Cliched

See it if you are a royal enthusiast. It covers a lot of details in Diana's life.

Don't see it if you expect a fully realized theatrical experience. The performers are better dancers than actors. A lot of time is spent rearranging the set

Intelligent, Slow, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in the behind the scenes story of the Diana Tapes, or Princess Diana's sad life in general

Don't see it if you are easily bored by a well worn story.

Boring, Mediocre acting, Superficial character development, Confusing at times, Difficult to identify with

See it if you like anything about Princess Diana and can tolerate less than an exciting script with characters that are difficult to care about.

Don't see it if want to get deep insights into Princess Diana and a plot that is exciting rather than plodding.

Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You have even a passing interest in Princess Di. Enjoy plays steeped in political/personal intrigue. Good companion to "The Crown"

Don't see it if You want a very "in-depth" look at the subject material. Are looking for a "light show."

Also The Diana Tapes would have been a great piece through and through if n... Read more Read less

Uneven, Odd costuming choices, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in Lady Di and don't mind an uneven production. The actress playing Diana was quite believable.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that seem to concentrate more on accents (with limited success) than acting, and are bothered by inexplicable costuming

Disappointing, Banal, Slow, Insipid

See it if you'd like to see a play about Princess Diana

Don't see it if you expect to see a play about Diana that will tell you anything new.

Also I was very disappointed in the play.

Confusing, Dated, Ambitious, Interesting storyline, Lacking

See it if you’re not familiar with how Diana’s tell-all book by A Morton came about & want to see some “what could’ve been (?)” behind the story of it

Don't see it if you already know all there is to know about Diana or aren’t interested in parts of her life or want to keep her “beloved image” in your mind

Docu-drama, Slow, Minimal staging, Disappointing, Boring

See it if you are fascinated by the Royal family or sex scandals or British author Andrew Morton & if you like a play based on true events

Don't see it if you are not interested in the House of Windsor or the marriage & divorce of Prince Charles of Britain & Princess Diana

Also Princess Di [1961-1997] & her sorrowful marriage due to Charles & his ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you are familiar with the life of Princess Diana.

Don't see it if you are looking for something with more substance (only 70 minutes)

Disappointing, Over-done, Slow

See it if you like bad british accents?

Don't see it if you have anything else to do.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You need to see All Things Diana.

Don't see it if You know what a riveting story this was in real life; holding great possibilities for dramatization. This was flat, lacking momentum.

Tedious, Disappointing

See it if you want to watch a tedious behind the scenes of the Diana tapes story. This was no All the President’s Men

Don't see it if you get turned off by bad acting. Couldn’t wait for the 70 minutes to come to an end so I could go home

Intelligent, Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Clever staging

See it if You can't get enough of anything about Princess Diana

Don't see it if You only like musicals or big productions

Ambitious, Indulgent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to support new theatre and new artists, you’re a history buff when it comes to the royal family

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a story about a woman told through the perspective of 3 men

May 27th, 2018
"Mr. Clements’ treatment of these events is straightforward and confirms existing perceptions of these figures...That there are no surprises or fresh insights could be overcome if the production had vitality but it doesn’t...The alluring Ana Cristina Schuler is a winningly credible Diana...The sa...
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May 30th, 2018
"The one-act makes for an enjoyable evening. Obviously it takes skill to recreate Diana..The ensemble pulls it off in the end...The inherent structural challenge with trying to make a thriller out of a history play is that we already know how the story ends...I’m hesitant to say that the play add...
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May 29th, 2018
"This production is amateurish and makes ninety minutes seem more like 3 hours. Part of this is due to the direction by Wednesday Sue Derrico...The events are straightforward, but it is hard to follow, as this seems more like a student production. None of the actors are old enough...Only the ligh...
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May 29th, 2018
"For those unfamiliar with her entire story, Clements teases out an interesting view into Diana…‘The Diana Tapes’ asks intriguing questions, but falters from a lack of intensity...The taped conversations and interaction between friends Colthurst and Diana are key…The characterization did not mani...
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