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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 March, 2005, 16:18 GMT
Diana ballet premiered in the UK
Dancer's Zara Deakin and Sean Ganley, respectively as Princess Diana and Charles, act out a scene from the ballet "Diana the Princess"
The ballet was created by Diana's dance 'guru' Peter Schaufuss
A controversial ballet about the life of the late Princess Diana will get its UK premiere on Tuesday.

The ballet, called Diana The Princess and created by Danish choreographer Peter Schaufuss, will be performed at The Palace Theatre in Manchester.

Mr Schaufuss supervised private dancing lessons for Diana and said the piece was a "tribute" to her.

Diana is portrayed as being treated cruelly by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in the show.

There are also scenes of Charles and Camilla in a clinch - Camilla wearing riding gear, hitting him with her crop.

The production features clips of Diana's voice and music from Elgar and The Cure.

Charles and Camilla

Dancers Zara Deakin and Sean Ganley play the parts of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

Mr Schaufuss is the former artistic director of the English National Ballet and also a former star of the New York City and Bolshoi ballets.

Princess Diana was patron of the ENB and first met Mr Schaufuss in 1986, he said.

He created the show for his Danish company, the Peter Schaufuss Ballet.

West End

"I think she would love the show. Dance was the art form that she really, really loved above anything else, although she loved all kinds of art forms," he said.

"Dance was an art form she practised herself when she was a very young girl, and she kept on practising it after she became the Princess of Wales."

The production shows Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles meeting up in the early stages of his marriage to Diana. It also shows Diana with Dodi Fayed.

There are no scenes showing the St Paul's Cathedral wedding, James Hewitt or the car crash in which she died.

Musicals and operas based on her life have already been shown in Germany and New York.

Diana The Princess will be shown in Manchester until 12 March and is due to move to the West End later in the year.

It will not be shown on 8 April - the day Charles is due to wed Camilla.



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