Brisbane Festival and QUT present

Dead Royal

15 - 19 Sep
Theatre Republic - La Boite Studio
Chris Ioan Roberts (UK/AUS)
Australian Premiere


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.

Artist Chat

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. 

This production contains adult themes, coarse language, smoking on stage and sexual references.
Dead Royal was originally developed by London’s Ovalhouse and was supported by a grant from Arts Council England.
Photography by Patricia Oliveira
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Duration : 60 minutes

Adult $25
Concession* $20

*Available to full time students, aged pensioners, senior card holders.  Proof of eligibility is required when purchasing or collecting.


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Theatre Republic - La Boite Studio

Ground Floor, The Works, QUT Creative Industries
6-8 Musk Avenue
QLD 4059

Getting There

Catch an Uber to your Brisbane Festival event! First-time riders can use code BRISFEST17 for up to $20 off their ride.

Parking: Paid parking in the Kelvin Grove Urban Village (weekends free); limited Pay & Display street parking on Musk Ave, Blamey St, Victoria Park Rd & Carraway St
Bus: Kelvin Grove busway station; Bus routes 345 and 390 along Kelvin Grove Rd
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