Villa Windsor, Paris, 1981. Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson (82) invites Lady Diana Spencer (19) to a doom-laden bachelorette party on the eve of her wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales.
The Duchess frantically warns Diana to flee her looming nuptials – before she marries the wrong man and becomes immortalised as a desperate woman eager to crawl over broken glass to snatch a royal title.
Dead Royal is a bitter, venal melodrama laying bare history’s merciless judgement of civilians who get sucked into the thick swamp of royal mediocrity. Savagely riffing on early 1980’s fashion crimes and Britain’s corrosive Princess Diana obsession, this jagged shard of physical theatre pits the Sloane Ranger’s clipped vowels against a plantation-era Deep South drawl.
Gird your loins for a lacerating, camp-drenched celebration of narcissistic megalomania. Melbourne: 23 - 28 August 2016 at fortyfivedownstairs ★★★★ "Dead Royal is a bravura example of theatre living on the high wire of performance art." Theatre People
"Chris Ioan Roberts is a formidable performer who has created an acerbic tale which brings together two of the most controversial women of the 20th century." Stage Whispers