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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

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if The acting and the costumes steel the show. The transition are very entrancing. Made great use of the space. Down town theatre at its best.

Don't see it if If you want lots of production value.

90
Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy insightful, fresh theatre about a fascinating moment in history

Don't see it if You don't enjoy indie theatre

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you enjoy political theatre made with imagination on a small budget

Don't see it if hate plays that challenge the conventions of theatre

90
Thought-provoking, Intense, Refreshing, Must see, Quirky

See it if This play is a wonderful job of turing history into a provocative and compelling piece of theatre.

Don't see it if Go see it in LONDON! I hear its going there next. Amazing!

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you enjoy good theatre!

Don't see it if you like flashy sets

During previews
70
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining, Sentimental

See it if You’re young and don’t have many memories of Princess Diana, you may find this enlightening.

Don't see it if You were around to live through Princess Diana’s life, death and martyrdom...you’ve already lived through, seen and know this play.

During previews
75
Interesting, Informative, Insider knowledge

See it if You are a royal watcher and want to know some of the backstory of Andrew Morton’s book about Diana.

Don't see it if You don’t have much interest in gossip and reporting about the British royal family.

During previews
83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if If you want to learn more about Princess Diana

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of the royals, skip it

During previews
76
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in historical based theater and enjoy small production shows in small intimate venues.

Don't see it if You don’t like thought provoking theater and prefer musicals.

During previews
80
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a new work and this incredible untold story.

Don't see it if You don't like indie theater

Also Staging was very creative and fun!... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Entertaining, Great staging, Informative, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you are interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the Princess Diana story. Very creative staging and scene changes.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of plays about the royal family or of British accents, uneven at times.

During previews
80
Great staging, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you wan to revisit Diana's story and you like English accent. Liked minimalist stage movement idea between scenes.

Don't see it if you don't care about Diana.

During previews
73
Ambitious, Slow, Indulgent, Good acting

See it if You want to hear Princess Di talk about (over and over) her Prince Charles issues, her mental health issues, and seeking revenge.

Don't see it if You want to see a show with a beginning, a middle, and an end. This show starts out well, and then sort of trails off.....

Also The actors did well with the material given. The scene changes were cl... Read more Read less


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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