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When is Diana: A New Musical going to be released on Netflix?

The streaming giant is to air the show despite signing Princess Diana’s son Harry and wife Meghan in the mega deal.

Netflix plans to record the stage show and air the programme next year.

TheBroadway opening for the musical is set for May 25, 2021.

According to the Diana: A New Musical website, the show will premiere on Netflix in 2021 ahead of the Broadway opening.

What is "Diana: A New Musical" about?

Princess Diana (Jeanna De Waal), Camilla Parker Bowles (Erin Davie) and Prince Charles (Roe Hartrampf) in Diana: A New Musical Diana: A New Musical
Princess Diana (Jeanna De Waal), Camilla Parker Bowles (Erin Davie) and Prince Charles (Roe Hartrampf) in Diana: A New Musical Diana: A New Musical

“Diana” tells the story of the beloved figure. She finds herself thrust into the global spotlight after her engagement to Prince Charles and struggles to navigate her way within the rigid structure of the royal family. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Diana fights to find her voice.

The stage show details the breakdown of Charles and Diana’s marriage with swathes of vulgar dialogue and scenes of fiction.

Diana squares up to Camilla in one scene, while another sees her kissing polo player James Hewitt in bed.

Diana is also shown to self-harm after Charles moans about “another boy” when Harry is born.

The show was previewed in New York in March — with theatregoers promised a tale about a “fearless princess who became timeless”.

However, a planned Broadway run was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It opens with Camilla urging Charles to marry Diana instead because she was a better fit for royalty.

She also says Diana is “remarkably pretty”, with the prince replying: “You know I don’t care about that.”

Charles mocks Diana’s musical taste and says she likes “Duran, Duran, Duran”. But the sordid drama begins after they marry and have children.

When their second son Harry is born, Charles tells Diana: “Another boy. It seems you have ignored my request for a girl.”

In a rage, Diana punches a mirror and begins to self-harm. She is later shown in hospital with a bloodied bandage around her wrist.

An aide says that her sons have been told she is “not well”.

The second act kicks off with a shirtless Hewitt in riding boots astride a ­saddle with thrusting female dancers parading around him.

They also belt out the far-from-subtle words: “Oooh, I can take you for a ride…you’ll dismount satisfied.”

"Diana: A New Musica" Cast

The stage show details the breakdown of Charles and Diana's marriage
The stage show details the breakdown of Charles and Diana's marriage

Diana: A New Musical stars British actress Jeanna De Waal (Iron Fist, Kinky Boots, Wicked) as the Princess of Wales, while Roe Hartrampf (Madam Secretary, The Get Down) acts opposite her as Prince Charles.

Erin Davie, best known for starring in Broadway musicals Grey Gardens and Sunday in the Park With George, plays Camilla Parker Bowles, alongside Tony Award-winning Judy Kaye (Wicked, Anastasia) as Queen Elizabeth II.

How to watch "Diana: A New Musical"

A filmed version of Diana will be available to stream on Netflix starting Friday, October 1, 2021, two months ahead of the show's Broadway run. This version will be filmed without an audience on the Longacre Theater's stage and will feature the original Broadway cast: Jeanna de Waal will star as Princess Diana, Roe Hartrampf will play Prince Charles, Erin Davie will appear as Camilla Parker Bowles, and two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye will play Queen Elizabeth.

“The chance to share our show, first with Netflix’s global audience, and then welcoming a live audience back on Broadway, is something we’ve all been dreaming about for more than a year. We could not be more thrilled to finally share both the film and the Broadway musical with the world,” the Diana producers said in a joint statement.

How do I listen to the Diana soundtrack?

The soundtrack for Diana the musical has not yet been released, however its creative team has released two songs from the Broadway show performed by Jeanna De Waal – If and Underestimated.

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