“Fascinating. Roberts is immaculate.” (Stephen Collins, British Theatre)
“Scintillatingly chic and dangerously sharp, Dead Royal is a twisted fable of Gothic proportions that will chill and chortle you to your very limits.” (James Waygood, London)
“A vivid, funny and often scathing view of royalty, Dead Royal draws on the real memoirs of Wallis and Diana, presenting it playfully and bringing the 80s alive through technology.” (Ginger Hybiscus, London)
“Chris Ioan Roberts in particular is someone to watch out for. He is going from strength to strength, both figuratively in the quality of his deft modulation between the tragic and the comic…” Andrew Fuhrmann (TIME OUT Melbourne)
“Chris Ioan Roberts stands out. His gripping portrayal…note perfect…is at once euphoric and terribly sad” Cameron Woodhead." (THE AGE)
Villa Windsor, Paris, 1981.
Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, 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.
“This is subversive, imaginative and compelling theatre. It is unlike anything you have seen… Unique and enthralling… See it. Don’t hesitate.” (British Theatre)
Spend the Evening at Theatre Republic and see two shows in one night for $45.
Join us in the Theatre Republic Garden Bar on Thursday 17 September at 7pm, as we chat to Christopher Roberts, Performer/Writer/Director of Dead Royal. Check out the full line-up of our Free festival Artist Chats in the Theatre Republic Garden Bar.
Chris Ioan Roberts
Chris Ioan Roberts is regarded as one of London’s most subversive and exciting emerging actor-directors and began working with the pioneering and cutting edge Ovalhouse Theatre in early 2014. He trained at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, graduating with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in 2010. Whilst at the VCA he was invited as the sole Australian actor to attend the 2010 International Summer Residency at the Watermill Centre in New York, led by acclaimed American theatre director Robert Wilson.
Chris Ioan Roberts
Original Costume designer
Chloé Nelkin Consulting (London)
Articles & reviews
Review: Dead Royal, Ovalhouse - britishtheatre.com
Theatre Review: Dead Royal (Ovalhouse, London) - Grumpy Gay Critic
Review: You can actually see a drag version of Princess Diana - pinknews.co.uk
Review: 'Dead Royal' at the Ovalhouse - London City Nights
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