Original Theatre in association with Park Theatre present the World Premiere

The Interview

By Jonathan Maitland

Directed by Michael Fentiman

 

This is the story of the interview. 
The interview which told her story. 
A story that shocked the world. 

 

‘Why should I stay silent? They’ve been trying to shut me up from day one. This way I'll finally be heard.’ 

On the 20th of November 1995 the BBC broadcast an interview between Princess Diana (Yolanda Kettle, The Crown) and Martin Bashir (Tibu Fortes, Shetland).

It was watched by hundreds of millions worldwide. But now, it is said, the interview has no legitimacy. Is it right that the way it came about has overshadowed what it was meant to be?

Jonathan Maitland’s powerful new play gives an insight into the story behind the interview: the woman who gave it, the man who made it happen, and the institution that broadcast it.

The Interview poses tough questions: What can we justify in the pursuit of truth? Can we trust our great institutions? And are we ever, really, in control of our own narrative… our legacy? 

An exciting new play by writer and broadcaster Jonathan Maitland (author of Park Theatre hits Dead Sheep, An Audience with Jimmy Savile, The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson) and directed by Olivier award nominated Michael Fentiman (Amelie, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Loot). 

Produced by award-winning theatre company Original Theatre (The End of the Night, The Mirror Crack’d, The Habit of Art).

 

★★★★★ ‘A five-star cracker... in Yolanda Kettle they have a flawless Diana’ Daily Mail

★★★★ ‘An absorbing, intelligent piece of theatre’ British Theatre

★★★★ ‘Another strong work for the Park Theatre, and will certainly get people talking’ All That Dazzles

★★★★ ‘An engaging evening... Fortes nails the deceptive charisma which enamoured Diana’ North West End

★★★★ ‘The Interview draws poignant parallels to our fractured present’ Theatre Weekly

★★★★  ‘The questions that arise from The Interview seem more relevant than ever.’ A Youngish Perspective 

‘A truthful, satisfyingly complex portrait’ The Stage

‘Thought-provoking Bashir-gate drama... Yolanda Kettle shines as Diana’ Daily Telegraph

‘Tibu Fortes’s Bashir is compelling’ The Guardian 

‘Asks interesting questions about morality and responsibility’ Evening Standard

‘A fantastic cast... Yolanda Kettle is the literal embodiment of Princess Diana’ Tatler

 

Artwork by Michael Wharley, designed by Rebecca Pitt. Production photos by Pamela Raith and Tristram Kenton. Rehearsal trailer by Piers Foley.