Diana, the Musical ends on Broadway after more than two years

Image copyright Universal Image Group / Thinkstock Image caption The stage musical is based on late Princess Diana’s life

Diana, the Musical is to end its run on Broadway later this year.

It opened in August 2017 and starred Ewan McGregor as the late Princess of Wales. It won eight Tony awards and even had a permanent residency in Leicester.

The production, based on the 1996 film The People’s Princess, ran for 27 months at the Lyceum Theatre, on West 47th Street.

Jenna Russell, who is the theatre’s artistic director, said: “We’ve had an extraordinary year and, at the beginning of the new season, with more new work on the horizon, we’ve made the very difficult decision to bring Diana, the Musical to an end.”

“It is with great sadness and regret that I tell you the long-running show, based on the theatrical and royal life of Diana, Princess of Wales, will come to a close in December 2018.

Image copyright JONATHAN HAYWARD/UK TASK FORCE FEATURES Image caption Ewan McGregor is one of the stars of the show

“The musical will continue on tour in the UK and Europe this summer as planned and return to Broadway in 2020 with a new cast.

“Sorry to all our audience who have enjoyed this show so very much. It has been an amazing and unforgettable experience,” she said.

The decision to end the show on Broadway followed its success in London and Edinburgh, and was made to allow for a fresh, long-term strategy to be put in place for the show on the boards.

British singer-songwriter Katie Melua originally announced she was opening the show in London in 2006, but pulled out.

Farrell decides it’s time

Writing on Twitter, actress Sienna Miller said the musical had been a huge part of her life.

The 29-year-old also directed part of the production in the lead-up to its premiere at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre in 2014.

“Farrell made it easy for us to convince her the royal subject matter was right for a musical,” she said.

“She actually knew a song of her.”

Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption Rihanna and Cara Delevingne showed off their vocals in the musical

Actor Tristan Gemmill, who played Charles and Andrew Smithson in the production, said Diana was an “amazing part”.

“Its refusal to entertain the status quo while also celebrating all of Diana’s myriad talents was its calling card,” he said.

Emmy Award winner Samantha Barks, who featured as Camilla Parker Bowles in the show, said it was a “lush piece” and “going out on a high” was a “great way to exit”.

Other actors from the show have also paid tribute to the show’s success.

Image copyright Splash / Instagram Image caption Rock singer Fergie (far left) played Princess Margaret in the musical

Former rock star Rod Stewart’s daughter Kimberly tweeted: “Whichever star rises next will be the lucky one to sing the final song!”

Fergie, the Duchess of York, who played Princess Margaret, said: “The end of @dianasthemusical? #crazyfluffy”

New cast set to star

The artistic team behind the show will now be “overseeing a new cast and creative team to announce in the spring for its return to Broadway”.

McGregor later denied taking the role “to be a big celebrity”.

He told the BBC that he had found “incredible similarities” between him and Diana – with their “weird jobs” coming under particular scrutiny.

“Hopefully, that’s brought out as much from the parts as anything else.”

“They were really extraordinary people and brought all of us great joy,” he said.

Diana, the Musical was based on the Oscar-winning film The People’s Princess, starring Kim Cattrall and Jennifer Beals.

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