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The Empress
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05 Oct 2023 - 28 Oct 2023
2 hr 45 min with interval
Suitable for 11+

Why Watch The Empress?

  • Tanika Gupta’s ‘The Empress’ vividly portrays the rich and ingrained tapestry of 19th-century British Asian history.
  • The play is directed by Pooja Ghai, Artistic Director at Tamasha, renowned for her innovative storytelling.
  • Witness this Award-winning spectacle, lauded for outstanding performances and captivating narrative at London’s Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.
  • The Empress tickets offer a riveting journey from the rough gangplanks of Tilbury docks to the opulence of Queen Victoria's Palace.
  • Showcasing the life of Britain's first Indian MP and the experiences of Indian ayahs and lascars who worked on the ships carrying trade goods, The Empress is a must-see for history enthusiasts!

About Show

Show Details

Age Suitability


The Empress is an unmissable historical play that brings 19th-century British Asian history to life. Directed by the gifted Pooja Ghai, the Artistic Director of Tamasha, it guarantees a powerful and innovative experience. The story encompasses the life of the first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain and the accounts of Indian ayahs and lascars who were employed on the ships transporting trading commodities.

The display of exceptional performances by a talented cast has earned the play multiple awards and widespread critical acclaim, making The Empress tickets a coveted possession for theatre enthusiasts. The play initially premiered at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, receiving standing ovations and rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Its transfer to the Lyric Hammersmith only amplifies its reach and impact. Don't miss the chance to witness this extraordinary tale of dreams, hope, and resilience in the face of change, as it unfolds on the grand stage.

The Story

‘The Empress’ follows the story of Rani Das, a 16-year-old Indian nursemaid, who arrives at Tilbury docks in 1887 to start a new life in Britain. Along the way, she befriends a lascar, an Indian politician, and a royal servant. Their intertwined journeys beautifully unravel against the backdrop of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. This captivating narrative takes you through the trials and tribulations faced by Indian ayahs and lascars during the 'Golden Era' of the Empire, whilst also highlighting the first Indian elected as a Member of Parliament in Britain. The play provides a riveting insight into the socially diverse Asian presence in 19th-century Britain. Come watch The Empress in London. Tickets are now available!

Show Timings

  • Mon, Tue & Fri: 7:30 PM
  • Wed & Thu: 1:30 PM or 7:30 PM
  • Sat: 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Audio Described Performance: 17 Oct 2023 at 7:30 PM
  • Captioned Performance: 20 Oct 2023 at 7:30 PM
  • Integrated BSL Signed Performance: 27 Oct 2023 at 7:30 PM
  • BSL Performance: 28 Oct 2023 at 2:30 PM
  • Show timings for The Empress may vary every week. You can check the show timings for your preferred date at the next stage of booking.

Cast & Crew

  • Leading Roles: Raj Bajaj as Abdul Karim, Miriam Grace Edwards as Charlotte / Georgina, Francesca Faridany as Lady Sarah, Alexandra Gilbreath as Queen Victoria, Aaron Gill as Hari, Anyebe Godwin as Serang / Lascar, Oliver Hembrough as Sir John Oakham / William / Painter
  • Book: Tanika Gupta
  • Direction: Pooja Ghai
  • Design: Rosa Maggiora.

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

  • This show is recommended for ages 11+.
  • This production contains explicit language, depictions, and descriptions of violence and sexual advances.
  • Please keep in mind 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.

The Empress Tickets

Book online tickets for The Empress play in London.

Booking Period: From 5 Oct 2023 to 28 Oct 2023

Tickets Redemption

  • E-tickets will be provided when you check in online.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your The Empress 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.

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre is a revered UK theatre known for its commitment to nurturing new talent. This Victorian-era theatre combines a modern aura with a rich history. It has hosted a variety of critically acclaimed productions, earning a reputation for its innovative programming. The intimate setting enhances the connection between the audience and performers for an unforgettable theatre experience.

Seating Capacity: 591

Getting There

Facilities & Accessibility

Additional Information

Address: Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL, United Kingdom

Tube: The theatre is a 2-min walk from both Hammersmith tube stations and the bus station

Bus: Buses that service the area are 27, 110, 190, 218, 267, 306, H91, N9, N11, N266

Available Facilities: Cloakroom, Bar, Restaurant, Toilets

Accessibility: Accessible Toilets, Wheelchair Spaces Available, Assistance Dogs Allowed, Accessible Performances, Visual & Hearing Assistance

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

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear or semi-formals 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Empress Tickets

How do I buy The Empress tickets in London?

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How much do tickets for the Empress cost?

The cost of the tickets for The Empress, London will vary depending on the type of seats you choose.

How can I buy cheap or discounted tickets for The Empress play in London?

The best way to buy cheap or discounted tickets for The Empress, London is to book them online as you will often come across attractive discounts. Book your The Empress tickets in advance as they tend to get more expensive closer to the show date.

How can I buy last-minute tickets to The Empress?

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Is there a possibility that I will get partial view seating if I purchase discounted tickets for The Empress in London?

Booking The Empress tickets online will give you the opportunity to select your specific seats, thus, ensuring you do not get stuck with partial view seating. But if you try your luck with lottery tickets or purchase day seats, your seats will be allocated at the discretion of the Box Office, which can potentially mean partial view seating or split seats.

What is the opening date for The Empress in London?

The Empress opens on 5 October 2023 at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.

What age is The Empress appropriate for?

The Empress is most suitable for children of 11 and above.

Where is The Empress playing in London?

The Empress is playing at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in London and opens on 5 October 2023.

How long does The Empress run for?

The running time of The Empress is 2 hours and 45 minutes including an intermission.

What is The Empress about?

The Empress is a historical drama about an Indian nursemaid's journey in 19th-century Britain, showcasing personal tales of Indian ayahs, lascars, and the first Indian politician elected to the British Parliament.

Who are the main stars of The Empress?

The main stars of The Empress are Raj Bajaj as Abdul Karim, Miriam Grace Edwards as Charlotte / Georgina, Francesca Faridany as Lady Sarah, Alexandra Gilbreath as Queen Victoria, Aaron Gill as Hari, Anyebe Godwin as Serang / Lascar, Oliver Hembrough as Sir John Oakham / William / Painter.

What is the dress code while attending The Empress?

There is no specific dress code for London Theatres. However, it is prudent to dress in semi-formals or smart casuals and something comfortable. Carry a light sweater or a jacket as the theatre can get a bit chilly.

Is outside food allowed while attending The Empress play?

No, outside food is not allowed while attending The Empress play. Most London theatres do have a cafeteria or bar inside the premises where you can get snacks and drinks.

What are the facilities available at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre?

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has multiple facilities including a bar, restaurant, cloakroom, and toilets available for the audiences during The Empress.

Can I take pictures or videos of The Empress inside the theatre?

Photography, videography, and sound recording are prohibited inside the theatre. Some theatres do have a souvenir shop from where you can purchase pictures of stills of the show.

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