The Empress Tickets

Lyric Hammersmith, London
4 October 2023 - 28 October 2023
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The RSC’s new production of The Empress by Tanika Gupta, comes to the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in October 2023.

Directed by Pooja Ghai, Artistic Director of Tamasha, the play spans a period of 13 years over the ‘Golden Era’ of the Victorian Empire.

This epic drama takes audiences from the rugged gangways of Tilbury docks to the grandeur of Queen Victoria’s Palace, whilst unveiling the long and embedded culture of British Asian history which continues to shape our society today.

The original production, directed by Emma Rice for the RSC, first premiered in the Swan Theatre in 2013.

Tanika Gupta has written over 25 stage plays that have been produced in major theatres across the UK. Her critically acclaimed adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House set in colonial Calcutta launched Rachel O’Riordan’s first season as Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in 2019.

The Empress will run at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre from 4 to 28 October 2023.

What's the story of The Empress?

Set in 1887, the year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, the play tells the story of the sixteen year-old Rani Das, ayah (nursemaid) to an English family, who arrives at Tilbury docks after a long voyage from India, to start a new life in Britain. On the boat, Rani befriends a lascar (sailor), an Indian politician and a royal servant destined to serve the Queen. Full of hopes and dreams of what lies ahead, they each embark on an extraordinary journey.

Who is in the cast of The Empress?

Casting to be annouced

Who are the creative team of The Empress?

Written by Tanika Gupta, Artistic Associate of Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

Directed by Pooja Ghai

Design by Rosa Maggiora, Lighting by Matt Haskins, Music and Sound by Ben and Max Ringham, Movement by Wayne Parsons, Fights and Intimacy by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown.

Show Information

Performance dates
4 October 2023 - 28 October 2023
Running time
To be confirmed

Venue Information

Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0QL
Nearest Tube or Train: Hammersmith (District, Piccadilly, Circle, Hammersmith & City)
Nearest Buses: 27, 110, 190, 218, 267, 306, H91, N9, N11, N266

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