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Princess Diana: the Musical - Kenley man creates show celebrating Royal icon

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SHE was one of the world's most well-loved celebrities, her life and untimely death inspiring thousands of magazine articles, headlines and a forthcoming movie.

Now a Kenley ad man has created a stage musical celebrating the People's Princess.

Brian Watson and his collaborators – composer David Smart and Daily Mail ex-royal correspondent Richard Kay – have written a draft and songs for Diana: The Musical, which they are now touting to West End agents.

Mr Watson, of Densham Drive, said the show is based on publicly known episodes in her life and avoids controversial speculation.

"Each scene is based on something that actually happened, or we have used a bit of imagination as to what might have happened," he said.

"The most controversial it really gets is a scene of the Martin Bashir interview where she said 'there are three in this marriage'. The song that she sings is called Love Double-Crossed.

"Our aim is to have a musical that Prince Harry and Prince William would come and see and come out feeling elated and loving their mother more than they already do. We do not want to do something controversial."

Mr Watson, a creative director for TV adverts, said he believed Diana's tale had a universal resonance.

He said: "Every girl's dream is to become a princess and marry a prince and it has been like that for however many hundreds of years because of the way fairy tales have portrayed it. Here is a girl who lived the fairy tale but the fairy tale went bad."

As for who would play the glamorous Diana, Mr Watson conceded that would be a "very tall order".

He said: "Not only has she got to look like Diana, she has got to be an amazing singer so that would be one hell of a task to cast one hell of a person."

It is not the first musical to be made of Diana's life. Lady Di – Diana – A Smile Charms The World opened in Germany in 2001 and made much of the conflict between the princess and Camilla Parker Bowles.

Mr Watson and team hope their project will find its way West End, but have also sent it to a producer on Broadway.

Mr Watson added: "I think America is probably an even bigger market than here; they adored Diana. I believe you could run this musical anywhere in the world and it would bring an audience."

Princess Diana: the Musical - Kenley man creates show celebrating Royal icon


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