Discover the world of Edwardian seaside beauty pageants at the Globe this summer, as Princess Essex, a new play by Anne Odeke, bursts into our iconic open-air theatre.
It’s Southend-on-Sea, Essex, in 1908. Princess Dinubolu of Senegal enters a beauty contest at the iconic Kursaal, Europe’s biggest entertainment complex. Meet: Princess Essex.
A fast-paced, music-filled, empowering comedy based on the incredible true story of the first woman of colour to enter a beauty pageant in the UK. Writer and performer Anne Odeke (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Globe) makes her Globe playwriting debut, celebrating unapologetic authenticity, audacity, and challenging the stereotypes that we still cling to.
Robin Belfield (Twelfth Night, RSC) makes his debut at The Globe directing this inspiring story of bravery, beauty and belonging.
‘Shall I tell you a secret? Anyone can be a Queen, but a real Queen wears the crown, she doesn’t let the crown wear her’
Content guidance: This play contains racist and ableist language. Please contact the Ticketing team on 020 7401 9919 or [email protected] if you would like further details on the play’s content.
Previews (Seated) £49 – 15
All other performances (Seated) £75 – £25
Standing £10, £5
Hundreds of £5 tickets for every performance, hundreds more at £10. Book early for the best prices.
This event is on-site in the Globe Theatre
Running time TBC
Join the conversation #PrincessEssexGlobe
Terms and conditions
A £2.50 transaction fee per order applies online and over the telephone.
Part of Summer 2024
Photography: The Other Richard
Art Direction: Kim Garrity
The Comedy of Errors
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
We provide Access Resources for Audio Described and Relaxed performances, these will be added in time for the first of each of those access performances and will be available for all performances after that date
Assisted Performances for Princess Essex
Join our free Access Scheme to book tickets that suit your needs.
Already on our Access Scheme? Then buy tickets below.
Audio Described Performances
Show dates & times
Saturday 28th September2:00 PM