Stephanie Beacham stars as the late Princess Margaret in the world premiere of Richard Stirling’s A Princess Undone, which opens at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on 19 to 22 October 2016, ahead of a short tour.
Kensington Palace, 1993. She was the Diana of her day. That day has gone. But HRH The Princess Margaret, the most glamorous figure of her generation, has a final chance to be of service.
While the Royal Family is at Balmoral, she removes several bags of correspondence from the Queen Mother’s home, including potentially sensational letters from Prince Charles – and Diana, Princess of Wales. She means to burn them all. But there are other papers. Some of them relate to Margaret herself, and a scandal as dangerous as anything since. When an ex-gangster arrives to bring her even closer to her past, the Queen’s sister has the choice to make or break her family yet again.
Inspired by actual events, A Princess Undone sheds light on one of the Royal Family’s most controversial, enigmatic members. Witty, charming and provocative, yet ultimately on her own, Princess Margaret is not easily forgotten.
Stephanie Beacham, world-famous and acclaimed for her work on television (The Colbys, Dynasty, Bad Girls), film and stage, returns to the theatre to create a role as iconic as any she has played before. She stars alongside Jason Merrells (Emmerdale, Waterloo Road, currently starring in Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves in the West End) as ex-gangster John Bindon.
A Princess Undone is directed by Matthew Gould (whose I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road is currently at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre) and designed by Norman Coates, with lighting by Mike Robertson. It’s produced by Evergreen Theatrical Productions. Following Cambridge, the production visits Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre and Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.