Fringe Diana Hit Transfers to West End, 10 NovDate: 1 October 1998
Following its success at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a sell-out run at London fringe venue the Bush Theatre, the National Theatre of Brent will bring its new production, Love Upon the Throne, to the West End. Love Upon the Throne opens for a limited season at the Comedy Theatre from 10 November 1997, with previews from 4 November.
The two-strong National Theatre of Brent company is composed entirely of artistic director Desmond Olivier Dingle and trainee Raymond Box (really actors Patrick Barlow and John Ramm). The NTB has become renowned for its comic mangling of serious historic events. In recent years, the French Revolution, the charge of the light brigade and the life of Christ have all received the Brent treatment.
In Love Upon the Throne, the bumbling duo take on the love story of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer from courtship through to divorce, though not the unfortunate events that followed. All parts, including various members of the royal family, are played by the two men.
Love Upon the Throne is directed by Martin Duncan and written by Patrick Barlow with additional material by Duncan and Ramm.
Love Upon the Throne plays at the Oxford Playhouse from 8-10 October before returning to London in November. It follows the Stoppard/Shaffer double bill - The Real Inspector Hound and Black Comedy - into the Comedy Theatre. The double bill, which opened in April, closes 31 October. Love Upon the Throne is currently booking at the Comedy until 30 January 1998.