Channel 4 has confirmed the cast of Prince Andrew: The Musical, which will release next month. They commissioned a 60-minute musical with original music, reimagining the controversial life of the Duke of York, timed to coincide with the November celebration of the 40th anniversary of the broadcaster.
The new musical has been described as a “satiric parody of the life and times” of Queen Elizabeth II’s disgraced son, focusing on “key events, relationships and contradictions in Andrew’s life”. Written by comedian Kieran Hodgson, it also features him as Andrew and features original music by Freddie Tapner.
One of the most notable moments when he transforms on stage is the “reimagining” of his infamous TV interview. Emily Maitlis on BBC Newsnight when he first opened up about his relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and the charges brought against him in connection with his own behavior.
This was announced by the controller of Channel 4 Jan Katz. Independent: “From the musical satire of Prince Andrew to art’s exploration of cancellation culture through men with extra-large penises, this season shows that Channel 4 is still as mischievous, destructive and distinctive as it was when it was born 40 years ago…
“Instead of nostalgia for the highlights of the past four decades, we’re celebrating with a collection of sassy, thought-provoking and highly entertaining shows that no other broadcaster airs. If we must grow old, we plan to do so shamefully. “
Prince Andrew: The Musical other actors
According to Variety, Kevin & Perry’s Enfield will play former Prime Minister Tony Blair, while Starstrike’s Emma Sidi will play Emily Maitlis.
They are joined by Joe Wilkinson as a newspaper salesman, Munya Chawawa as Prince Charles, Jenny Bede as Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson (aka Fergie) and Bug Chips as Margaret Thatcher.
Prince Andrew: Musical release date
The project’s launch comes after ITV viewers Lorraine Kelly were told a “stunning” photo of Prince Andrew was in circulation that could cause “serious embarrassment to the royal family” – referring to a screenshot from a BBC interview.
Seven original scores are included in the one-hour special, which will premiere on Channel 4 in December. Among them are “I Nailed It,” “a high-octane duet set after Duke’s performance on Newsnight, with Fergie and Andrew duet on the sultry ballad ‘Will You Be My Ex-Wife’.”
What happened to Prince Andrew?
Andrew was stripped of most of his titles and removed from royal duties as a result of a scandal involving his friendship with convicted sex offender Epstein and the related sexual assault allegation. He has not been charged with any crime and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Epstein, on the other hand, committed suicide in prison, where investigators believe he was awaiting trial for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls from 2002 to 2005.
During the Queen’s funeral in September, Andrew was not allowed to wear a military uniform during two mourning processions, one in Edinburgh and one in London, as he and three of his siblings walked behind the Queen’s coffin. King Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward wore full dress uniforms, while Andrew was dressed in morning dress to emphasize his unusual rank.