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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow
72
Avg Score

84
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.

72
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.

78
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

59
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

70
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

70
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

68
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

73
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.

79
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

75
Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if Interesting royalty stiry

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

76
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.

66
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

70
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

74
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.

77
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.

79
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.

77
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.

75
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.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a show that digs into the days of Diana.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays. You don’t like new theatre.

70
Entertaining

See it if (what I thought was an) interesting idea, reasonably well executed.

Don't see it if Your standards are higher than that ... or you just know that anything about anybody "royal" will bore or annoy you.

Also This is clearly not "off broadway" "in the same league" as the major n... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if If you loved Diana.

Don't see it if See it if you can

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You love great writing, the royal family, and political dramas.

Don't see it if If you don't like black box productions.

77
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever

See it if If you are interested in British Royalty and history.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a bigger, grander show.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you'd like a well-written take on Diana about the control of info, w/great performers who make the characters their own & minimalist staging

Don't see it if you know everything about the Diana tapes already / expect to see Diana incarnate back from the dead

Also Would have loved to see a fully-fleshed naturalistic staging, but unde... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you want to see some great acting and a remarkable compelling Princess Diana. The play is swift, fast, and beautifuly costumed.

Don't see it if If you don't want to your opinions about Princess Diana challenged. But overall, go support young companies working hard! This group is good


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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