The Empress | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

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The Empress is performed at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama from 21-24 June 2017



It is 1887 and Rani Das and Abdul Karim arrive at London’s Tilbury Docks after a long sea voyage from India. Rani, an Indian ayah, is ruthlessly abandoned by the English family that brought her to London and has to battle for survival. Abdul Karim, who has been sent to the palace as a jubilee gift, has to face increasing scrutiny about the closeness of his relationship, as servant and munshi, to Queen Victoria.

This epic play portrays Victorian England from the unfamiliar perspective of the Indians living in London. The Empress was first performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2013.

Creative Team

Director Pooja Ghai
Set Designer Diego Pitarch

Movement Wayne Parsons
Choreography Matthew Cole
Fight Coach Jonathan Leverett
Scenic Construction Graham Ironman
Voice Coach Joel Trill
Accent Coach Louise Jones
Costume Supervisor Hannah McMahon-Major
Production Sound Engineer Daniel Balfour
Head of Scenic Art Adam Boon

Performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students, working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.


Assistant Director Elske Waite (MA Actor Training and Coaching)
Associate Designer Khadija Raza
Lighting Designer Zak Macro
Assistant Lighting Designer Paige Leaf-Wright
Sound Designer Ben Smith


Production Manager Jack Greenyer
Technical Managers Caitlin Barclay, Samantha Tan
Stage Manager Andy Patterson
Deputy Stage Managers Kara Girvan, Lucy Morris
Assistant Stage Managers Hector Moyes, Emily Pearce
Chief Electrician Jack Hathaway
Deputy Chief Electrician Jamie Long
Lighting Programmer Billy Cahill
Assistant Costume Supervisor Alice Keal
Wardrobe Mistress Holly Maddison
Dressers Jessica Arkin, Yiran Duan, Anni Sildvee, Georgia Smithers, Henry Wilkinson
Head of Props Sheryl Woo
Head of Puppetry Bridget Whiting
Head of Scenic Construction Bradley Black
Scenic Construction Assistant Kathryn Mather
Construction Team Jacopo Baggio, Reis Martin, Ezra Mills, Charlotte Stewart, Leon Sweeney
Scenic Art Assistant Madeleine Young
Scenic Artist Chantelle Elliston, Ellen Forbes, Annick Gielens, Alice Olley, Katie Ramsden

© Tanika Gupta. Copyright agent: Alan Brodie Representation Ltd.


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Saturday, 12.00pm – 2.30pm
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Tickets: £10/ £5 concessions. Complimentary tickets: industry and associated professionals

Event dates

21 Jun 2017 - 7:30pm to 24 Jun 2017 - 7:30pm

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