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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

Savvy, Unfinished, Snarky, Intriguing, Reportorial

See it if you want to see a less than reverential treatment of the oft-reported breakout of Lady Di from her royal straitjacket.

Don't see it if you have heard far too much about Lady Di already.

Also “The Diana Tapes” deals with the well-trod break of Lady Diana from he... Read more Read less

Intersting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Good acting

See it if if you like Princess Diana alittle or alot. Not a long story, but a nice story.

Don't see it if Not big stage number or if you do not like subject.

Also The cast did a great job with this show. I do not know about the tapes... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re a Princess Di fanatic.

Don't see it if You mind badly behaved audience of munchers, slurpers and text addicts. No managerial control in the theatre.

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Interesting

See it if you are fascinated with the royals and Princess Diana in particular

Don't see it if you're looking for good acting. While the cast gave it their best, their British accents were terrible detracting from the show's content.

Something to think about

See it if If you were fascinated by Diana and read the Morton book you will enjoy this. Acting by Jorge Morales Pico is excellent.

Don't see it if You are bothered by loud noise and furniture moving.

Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Great staging

See it if You want a well acted story about Diana. I did not know that much about her but learned a few things from this production.

Don't see it if You are looking for big splashy sets.

Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You want to see a light play that tries to explore an important issue but only scratches the surface.

Don't see it if You expect an in depth look into princess Diana and her story

Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you are enchanted by "behind the scenes" and thoughts if Princess Diana

Don't see it if you are an anti - Brit or not interested in Diana's travails wit h Prince Charles

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Dated, Intelligent

See it if You like the royal family and are interesting to think more about what Princess Diana was really like/her motives for releasing the tapes.

Don't see it if You don't know anything about Martin's book or the royal family or Diana. The play expects you to know the basics to get into the story.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you still need a dose of Royal family stories or some British accent & play , or if merely intrigued to know the deal in the "Diana tapes".

Don't see it if you expect a literal interptetation of Lady Di or recreation of British settings -as this is a minimalist production but in effective style.

Exquisite, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in true stories that explore personal intrigue. If you have interest in Princess Diana and want to look at that time

Don't see it if If you like people who do impressions of historical people. If you have no interest in Princess Diana.

Clever, Entertaining

See it if The show moved swiftly between the scenes and told the Lady Di secret tapes back story in 70 minutes.

Don't see it if You heard enough of Princess Diana’s story.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in Diana's turmoil as princess

Don't see it if You are expecting something other than a simply staged historical ? drama

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intense, Interesting, Historical

See it if you're interested in Diana or the royals, you like historical explorations, you like small productions.

Don't see it if you're very picky about British accents

Disappointing, Slow, Insipid

See it if you're curious about behind the scenes of the book on Diana

Don't see it if you're expecting standout performances or anything really resembling Diana herself

Refreshing, Entertaining, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if A tight, smart, interesting look at events from the past that reflect on the present interest you

Don't see it if A very British' subject centered play, is beyond your interests. For the first preview it was well acted yet not completely refined.

Thought-provoking, Interesting, Ambitious, Clever, Minimal staging

See it if You like plays about real, complicated people.

Don't see it if You could care less about the royal family.

Also I felt the actress playing Diana should have imbued more of the glamou... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if Interesting royalty stiry

Don't see it if The subject matter doesn’t interest you.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Clever, Great staging

See it if You are interested in Diana and her story. You want a light surface afternoon of theater

Don't see it if You are tired of hearing about the British royal family. You are looking for an in depth show.

Absorbing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in Diana's life and death

Don't see it if You have no interest in her life

Ambitious, Clever, Intriguing

See it if you want to explore your curiosity and open your mind to some hidden agendas happening to your world where the world hids them.

Don't see it if you are close minded and only looks on what the wolrd needs you to see.

Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in Diana's life and the scandal about her marriage. Clever way of changing scenes was a plus.

Don't see it if you don't care about the royal family, and expect traditional theater.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if Engaging short play about the dilemma of public and private life and the risks of friendship and greed.

Don't see it if It is not a hard hitting expose or royal soap opera.

Great staging, Entertaining, Riveting, Thought provoking

See it if I liked the staging & its use of minimal stage props. There's a voyeuristic feeling of behind-the-scenes into Princess Diana's private life.

Don't see it if You don't know who Prinecess Diana was.

Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you’re curious to see a new take on Diana’s story.

Don't see it if the bad British accents will be too distracting, or you are expecting a play centered on Diana and not the men who wrote about her.

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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