After two years of preparation, the Bavarian-born, British-born daughter of a South African father and an English mother, had just begun performing in musicals for the play. Diana At the Longacre Theater when the Broadway track was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (The world premiere took place at La Jolla Playhouse in California in March 2019.)
“So, this show is about the princess who was once called Diana,” de Waal told Theater Hoss at the Actors’ event in February 2020, “and she met her imaginary prince, who was called Charles. But unbeknownst to her, he had Love from the side who was called Camilla. And the story is how that relationship worked in the public spotlight and what happened.”
Read De Waal, who is 6 inches shorter than Diana who is 5 feet 10 Andrew MortonA 1992 biography of the Princess of Wales and she spent hours studying YouTube videos to get her voice and demeanor, including her privileged position in school, just right.
De Waal said sarcastically to New Yorker In early 2020. Regarding what she saw watching the princess in action in old video footage, the actress noted, “She’s fighting, she’s alive, but she’s doing those things with her shoulders completely relaxed, and smiling for the cameras.”
When asked why she felt Diana’s story still deserved to be told, De Waal, calling it a “dream role,” told Broadway Inbound, “I think the reason people want to see her is because of that. Diana Because it is still a huge part of our zeitgeist and part of our consciousness. And I think we want to celebrate it.”
Diana It redirected to Broadway and Netflix in 2021.