After two years of getting ready, the Bavarian-born, Britain-raised daughter of a South African father and English mom was simply starting previews of the musical Diana on the Longacre Theater when their Broadway run was indefinitely postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (The present had its world premiere on the La Jolla Playhouse in California in March 2019.)

“So, this present is about this once-upon-a-time princess referred to as Diana,” De Waal told Theater Mania at a forged occasion in February 2020, “and she or he met her fairy-tale prince, who was referred to as Charles. However unbeknownst to her, he had a love on the aspect who was referred to as Camilla. And the story is the workings of that relationship in a really public highlight and what got here to cross.”

De Waal, who’s 6 inches shorter than Diana’s 5-foot-10, learn Andrew Morton‘s 1992 biography of the Princess of Wales and spent hours finding out YouTube movies to get her voice and mannerisms, together with her finishing-school-caliber posture, excellent.

“If you’re attempting to painting a painful second at house, or nursing a child, you do not need folks to be, like, ‘She appears to be like like she’s in stripper heels,'” De Waal quipped to the New Yorker in early 2020. As to what she noticed watching the princess in motion in previous video footage, the actress famous, “She’s combating, she’s surviving, however she’s doing these issues together with her shoulders fully relaxed, and smiling for the cameras.”

Requested why she felt Diana’s story remained price telling, De Waal, calling it a “dream position,” informed Broadway Inbound, “I believe the rationale folks will need to see Diana is as a result of she’s nonetheless such an enormous a part of our zeitgeist and part of our consciousness. And I believe we need to rejoice her.”

Diana is re-headed for Broadway and Netflix in 2021.