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Princess Essex Tickets

Experience a true story of beauty, bravery, and belonging. A fast-paced, music-filled comedy staged at Shakespeare's Globe.

Why Watch Princess Essex

Don't miss out on the chance to watch Princess Essex on West End, a captivating play that offers a unique blend of history, humour, and music. This show is a riveting tale of audacity and authenticity, inspired by a true story. Anne Odeke, the writer and performer known for her work in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, takes centre stage, making her playwriting debut at Shakespeare's Globe. Directed by Robin Belfield, known for his work in Twelfth Night, this production promises a potent mix of talent and creativity.

The Story

Princess Essex takes you back to 1908, to the bustling seaside town of Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Here, Princess Dinubolu of Senegal challenged societal norms by participating in a beauty contest at the iconic Kursaal, Europe’s biggest entertainment complex. This play weaves a heartwarming story of bravery, beauty, and belonging. Get ready to be moved and inspired by this remarkable story from history.

Great For

Fans of historical dramas | Comedy lovers | Social issues

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Show Details

Genre: Play

Opening Date: 13 Sep 2024

Closing Date: 26 Oct 2024

Theatre Name: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Theatre Capacity: 1151

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Seating Plan >

Theatre Facilities: Toilets, Bar, Wheelchair Access

Dress Code: Smart casual

Cast & Crew

Leading Role

Anne Odeke as Princess Dinubolu


Robin Belfield


Anne Odeke


Robin Belfield

Casting Director

Becky Paris


Simon Slater


Hayley Grindle


Sarah Dickenson

Additional Tips

  • The play contains racist and ableist language. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • As with most London theatres, the Globe Theatre is air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly. A light jacket is recommended.

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