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Princess Essex

Opening on 13 Sep, 2024

2 hr
Until 26 Oktober 2024
Suitable for all ages

Why watch Princess Essex?

  • Princess Essex brings the incredible true story of the first woman of colour to enter a beauty pageant in the UK to London for the first time.
  • Writer and performer Anne Odeke makes her Globe playwriting debut with this fast-paced, music-filled, empowering comedy.
  • With its Edwardian seaside setting and compelling story, Princess Essex challenges stereotypes and celebrates authenticity.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre welcomes you to witness the world of Edwardian seaside beauty pageants in Princess Essex. The play, written and performed by Anne Odeke, takes you to Southend-on-Sea, Essex, in 1908 and tells the remarkable true story of Princess Dinubolu of Senegal. Princess Essex is a feast of music, comedy, and empowerment, challenging the stereotypes we still cling to. With the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's iconic open-air setting, director Robin Belfield skillfully brings this inspiring story of bravery, beauty and belonging to life. Don't miss the chance to see the Princess Essex debut this summer.


Set in 1908 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, Princess Essex tells the story of Princess Dinubolu of Senegal who enters a beauty contest at the iconic Kursaal, Europe's biggest entertainment complex. This exciting play explores the story of Princess Dinubolu as she becomes the first woman of colour to participate in a UK beauty pageant. Experience Princess Essex debut and witness a remarkable story of bravery, beauty, and a challenge to societal norms.

Show timings

  • Show timings for Princess Essex may vary every week/month. You can check the show timings for your preferred date at the next stage of booking.

Cast & crew

  • Leading Role: Anne Odeke as Princess Dinubolu
  • Writer: Anne Odeke
  • Director: Robin Belfield
  • Casting Director: Becky Paris
  • Composer: Simon Slater
  • Designer: Hayley Grindle
  • Dramaturg: Sarah Dickenson

Note: Producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

Age & content guide

  • The age suitability for Princess Essex is currently not available.
  • Please remember that London theatres do not have an age classification organization. This means that all age recommendations are subjective. Please use your judgment while purchasing tickets for any show.

Shakespeare’s Globe

The Shakespeare's Globe, located at 21 New Globe Walk, London, is a unique theatre built in the image of the original 1599 Globe Theatre. This venue offers an authentic Elizabethan experience with its timber construction and thatched roof. It has a seating capacity of 1151 and has hosted numerous acclaimed productions.

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Getting there

Address: 21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT, United Kingdom

Tube: The nearest tube station is London Bridge.

Bus: 11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 45, 63, 76, 100, 344, 381, RV1

Facilities & accessibility

Available facilities: In-house bar and restaurant, Toilets, Baby changing facilities, Gift shop, Tours

Accessibility: Assisted performances, Accessible toilets, Assistance dogs allowed, Wheelchair spaces available, Hearing aids, Quiet spaces.

Additional information

Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security, all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the Globe Theatre.

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear or semi-formal are recommended. Keep in mind, that most London theatres are air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Outside Food: Most theatres do not allow outside food inside the theatres but most of them also have a café or restaurant inside the premises or nearby.

Tickets redemption

  • E-tickets will be provided when you check in online.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your Princess Essex voucher instantly.
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. A physical printout is not necessary.

Cancellation & refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended, or rescheduled.

Frequently asked questions about Princess Essex

How much do the tickets for Princess Essex cost?

The cost of the tickets starts from £12 and will vary depending on the type of seats you choose.

What is the opening date for Princess Essex?

The play opens on 13th September 2024 at Shakespeare's Globe.

What age is Princess Essex appropriate for?

The play does not have a strict age limit. However, parents are advised to note content guidance about sensitive themes.

Where is Princess Essex playing in London?

The show is playing at Shakespeare's Globe in London.

What is Princess Essex about?

Princess Essex is a fast-paced, music-filled comedy based on the incredible true story of the first woman of colour to enter a beauty pageant in the UK.

How long does Princess Essex run for?

The running time is 2 hours.

Who are the main stars of Princess Essex?

The main star is Anne Odeke, who is portraying Princess Dinubolu.