Thursday, 4 February 2016

Princess Di: An Amusing Fiction

It’s 1988 and queer London is partying hard under the spectre of AIDS, the scrutiny of the press and the shadow of Clause 28.

When Princess Diana dreams of a wild night out away from the long lenses of the paparazzi and the ruthless Royals at the Palace, best buddies Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett know there’s only one place to take her: the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

But getting one of the world’s most famous faces through the front door (and without blowing her cover) is the premise of brand new musical Royal Vauxhall, opening at the infamous venue later this month. We had a chat with one of the show’s leading men, Reuben Kaye, who steps into the shoes of Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and London drag icon Regina Fong…


Seeing as Cleo Rocos forgot to include this anecdote in her 1998 book, Forever Bananas: Kenny Everett and me, but suddenly remembered it when pushing a new edition, Kenny & Me, in 2013, I think it's fair to assume it never really happened.

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