“It’s not easy being a princess”
Kensington Palace, 1993. She was the Diana of her day. That day has gone, but HRH The Princess Margaret has a final chance to be of service. Acquiring sensational letters from Charles and Diana, she means to burn them all. But there are other papers, relating to Margaret herself. And when an ex-gangster admirer returns from her past, the Queen’s sister has the choice to make or break her family yet again.
In Netflix’s acclaimed global hit series, The Crown, Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) re-emerged as the most controversial and enigmatic member of the Royal Family. Craig Brown’s recent best-selling Ma’am Darling reinforces how infuriating yet compelling her story still is. A Princess Undone – inspired by actual events – sheds new light on the last real princess.
A Princess Undone has its London premiere at Park Theatre (Park 90), Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP from Tuesday 20 February – Saturday 17 March 2018.
The cast is led by Felicity Dean as HRH The Princess Margaret, with rising young actor Alexander Knox (It Is Easy To Be Dead), the play’s author Richard Stirling as the Queen Mother’s butler William Tallon (aka ‘Backstairs Billy’), and Patrick Toomey (RSC) as the infamous John Bindon. Creative team: Director – Jonny Kelly, Set Designer – Norman Coates, Costumes – Boo Williams, Sound – Gareth McLeod.
Felicity Dean has co-starred on screen with some of the world’s leading actors, in The Prince and the Pauper, Mike Leigh’s Who’s Who, Joseph Losey’s Steaming (Vanessa Redgrave), Revolution (Al Pacino) and The Whistle Blower (Michael Caine). In 1982, she created the role of Annie in CP Taylor’s Good (London and Broadway) for the RSC, for whom she also appeared in Twelfth Night (Olivia), Jonathan Miller’s The Taming of the Shrew (Bianca) and The Churchill Play. For the National Theatre: John Gabriel Borkman (Richard Eyre, with Paul Scofield, Vanessa Redgrave and Eileen Atkins) and Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia (Trevor Nunn). Other major theatre: Masha in Three Sisters (Birmingham Rep, with Charles Dance; Critics Guild Award nomination), Donna Elvira in Don Juan (Lyric, Hammersmith), Pamela Harriman in Swimming at the Ritz (tour) and Jonathan Miller’s gala King Lear (Old Vic, with Joss Ackland, Michael York and Greta Scacchi). Television: starring roles in Rebecca West’s The Birds Fall Down, Guinevere in The Legend of King Arthur, The Far Pavilions, Lynda La Plante’s Trial & Retribution, Persuasion, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells and recently as the title role in the docu-drama Elizabeth I.
Park Theatre is fast becoming recognised as a powerhouse of theatre. In four years, it has enjoyed three West End transfers (including Daytona starring Maureen Lipman and The Boys in the Band starring Mark Gatiss), two National Theatre transfers, ten national tours, an Olivier Award nomination and a Theatre of the Year award from The Stage.