There is literally only one thing that could make the story of Freddie Mercury dressing up Princess Diana in boy drag to sneak her into a hopping London gay bar more fabulous — a musical!
Royal Vauxhall set the supposed 1988 night to song and dance, contributing a little cheer to the memories of the beloved figures who met their ends too soon.
If you aren’t familiar with the alleged story, it’s pretty fantastic:
Freddie, Diana, British TV entertainer Kenny Everett and his co-star Cleo Rocos were sitting around watching The Golden Girls, like you do.
They’d turned the sound off and were improvising the dialogue.
“Kenny was Blanche, Diana was Dorothy, Freddie was Sophia and I was Rose,” Rocos recalls in her book The Power of Positive Drinking. “Kenny was Blanche, Diana was Dorothy, Freddie was Sophia and I was Rose – we were uncontrollable with laughter. Diana, who was 27 at the time, was giggling from behind a cushion and asked what our plans were for that evening.”
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“Freddie told her we were going to the Vauxhall Tavern. Diana said she had never heard of it and she’d like to come.”
The gang tried to dissuade the princess, but she was in full “mischief mode.”
“Go on, let the girl have some fun. Can you imagine?” said Freddy.
They dressed her up as a gay male model — “a camouflage army jacket, hair tucked up into a leather cap and dark aviator sunglasses.”
“Scrutinizing her in the half-light, we decided that the most famous icon of the modern world might just – just – pass for a rather eccentrically dressed gay male model,” Rocos writes.
The fictionalized retelling of the story was performed in the same bar the event took place, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern — hence the name of the show.
Dammit. I’d go see this if it had a longer run or played in New York.
What u tryna do dis?
Melissa St Louis
OMG! My dream come true!
I love this
Did this really happen
Princess Diana. You are missed.
What a blast!
Strangely calming to see that the 4 comments before mine are not showing up. I’m blocking the right people!
Thad Lori! Lol
Think what a tremendous LGBT advocate Diana would have been if she weren’t taken way too soon.
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First “Bring it On!” then “Hamilton” … Now this. And the great decline of theater quality continues …
@J.r. Graff: Oh the horror! Fetch me my smelling salts james.
This might make interesting theater. Love to see it in London where theater prices are reasonable but probably will end up seeing it in NYC where theater is barely affordable!
Why do my husband and I live in a country that does not subsidize legitimate theater? I love my country as my husband does but we like going to see Broadway plays. At $150 a ticket it tends to become very expensive. In London tickets are about $50 American for West End Productions. WHY WHY WHY??????======a showqueen!
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