It is 1887, the year Queen Victoria celebrates her Golden Jubilee.
Sixteen year old Rani Das, ayah (nursemaid) to an English family 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.
Will their expectations come true or will they have to forge a different path in their new country?
Spanning 13 years over the ‘Golden Era’ of Empire, this story blends the experiences of Indian ayahs and lascars who worked on the ships carrying trade goods, alongside the first Indian politician to be elected as a Member of Parliament. This epic story reveals how socially diverse the Asian presence was in nineteenth century Britain.
Transferring directly from the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and directed by Pooja Ghai, Artistic Director of Tamasha, this new production of The Empress will take you 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.
BSL Performance - Friday 27th October 7.30pm
Content warning: This production contains explicit language, depictions and description of violence and sexual advances.
Now taking bookings for performances up until Sat 28th October 2023.
Show times for each day are below.
Bus routes: 190, 266, 267, 391, H91
Night buses: N9, N11
Nearest rail: West Brompton
Tube lines: District, Piccadilly, Circle, Hammersmith & City
Nearest tube: Hammersmith
In congestion zone?: No
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Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London
Running time: 2h 45m (incl. interval)
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