Fancy something a little bit different to celebrate the King’s coronation in Manchester over the bank holiday? Aside from street parties, one way for Mancs to mark the royal occasion is by attending a special performance of a regal comedy like no other. After having sold out venues across the UK, a performance of Diana: the Untold and Untrue Story, is coming to Manchester this May and is set to coincide with the coronation of King Charles III.
Coming to CULTPEX in Manchester on May 6, Diana The Untold and Untrue Story has been written by Linus Karp, who will don his best little black dress as he takes on the lead role as the people’s princess. The untold and untrue tale of Diana’s extraordinary life combines drag, multimedia, audience interaction, puppetry and a lot of queer joy.
This unique celebration of Princess Diana, or known as the Queen of Hearts in this imaginary tale, has been described as “hilarious as it is tasteless”. The show tells the story of a ghostly Diana in heaven, where she resides since her death in 1997, with Karp taking the audience through the princess’ past that the press didn’t bother to cover.
Combining royal hilarity, improvisation and a cardboard cut out of the Prince himself, this on-stage celebration of Diana’s life is an alternative way to celebrate the long weekend. Probably not exactly how Charles himself had planned, but nonetheless a jolly good show.
The theatre production, which comes from chaotic theatre company Awkward Productions, has already been selling out venues across its UK tour. Taking place at CULTPLEX, Manchester’s independent cinema above GRUB in Red Bank, tickets for the alternative theatre production are on sale now for £15. A matinee performance will begin at 2.30pm followed by an evening performance at 7.30pm.