After two several years of getting ready, the Bavaria-born, Britain-lifted daughter of a South African father and English mom was just beginning previews of the Broadway musical Diana at the Longacre Theater when their operate was indefinitely postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. (The show experienced its environment premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in California in March 2019.)
“So, this demonstrate is about this after-on-a-time princess known as Diana,” De Waal explained to Theater Mania at a solid celebration in February 2020, “and she fulfilled her fairy-tale prince, who was named Charles. But unbeknownst to her, he had a like on the facet who was known as Camilla. And the story is the workings of that romantic relationship in a really community highlight and what arrived to move.”
De Waal, who’s 6 inches shorter than Diana’s 5’10”, study Andrew Morton‘s 1992 biography of the Princess of Wales and used hours studying YouTube films to get her voice and mannerisms, including her ending-college-caliber posture, just appropriate.
“When you might be seeking to portray a painful instant at house, or nursing a child, you never want persons to be, like, ‘She appears like she’s in stripper heels,'” De Waal quipped to the New Yorker in early 2020. As to what she observed seeing the princess in action in aged online video footage, the actress famous, “She’s battling, she’s surviving, but she’s carrying out those points with her shoulders entirely calm, and smiling for the cameras.”
Asked why she felt Diana’s story remained really worth telling, De Waal, calling it a “desire role,” informed Broadway Inbound, “I think the purpose individuals will want to see Diana is for the reason that she’s nevertheless such a enormous part of our zeitgeist and a portion of our consciousness. And I think we want to celebrate her.”