Wednesday 28 September 2016

Dynasty star takes on royalty with Princess Margaret stage role

Published 15/07/2016 | 14:01

Stephanie Beacham said Princess Margaret 'was Diana before Diana, and it must have been difficult'
Stephanie Beacham said Princess Margaret 'was Diana before Diana, and it must have been difficult'

Dynasty actress Stephanie Beacham is to play Princess Margaret in a new stage production inspired by real events.

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Beacham, who starred alongside Joan Collins in the hit 1980s US soap, will head the cast of A Princess Undone.

Written by Richard Stirling, the play is due to premiere at Cambridge Arts Theatre on October 19.

The cast also includes former Emmerdale actor Jason Merrells as ex-gangster John Bindon.

A Princess Undone is set in Kensington Palace in 1993 while the Royal Family is at Balmoral.

In the play, Margaret intends to burn several bags of correspondence.

But there are other papers which relate to Margaret herself, according to the synopsis.

When an ex-gangster arrives, he "brings her even closer to her past" and the Queen's sister has the choice "to make or break her family yet again".

The son of a London cab driver, Bindon had a role in Ken Loach film Poor Cow, which was released in 1967.

The success of that movie led to more cinematic vehicles and allowed Bindon, who died in 1993, to move in higher circles.

Talking about her role as Margaret, who died in 2002, Beacham made a comparison to Diana, Princess of Wales.

"She was Diana before Diana, and it must have been difficult," Beacham told the Daily Mail.

The 69-year-old has an extensive list of screen and stage credits, including a part in Coronation Street as Ken Barlow's lover Martha Fraser.

A Princess Undone will tour in November to Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Theatre and Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

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