Royal Shakespeare Company releases trailer of ‘The Empress’ play

Veena Patel



The trailer for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) production of ‘The Empress’ has been released.

The play, by Tanika Gupta, which has opened in the Swan Theatre, offers a fresh perspective on Britain’s relationship with its imperial past and how it continues to shape the country’s identity today.

‘The Empress’ is now running in the Swan Theatre until Friday 15th September 2023 before transferring to the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in London from Wednesday 4th October to Saturday 28th October. The production will then return to the Swan Theatre from Wednesday 1st November to Saturday 18th November 2023.

Erica Whyman, RSC Acting Artistic Director said: “The RSC has always believed it essential to support and celebrate the living writers who can expose new ways of seeing our collective history and conjure a brave new world that we don’t yet understand. The Empress by Tanika Gupta – now on the GCSE syllabus – presents an extraordinary friendship and a beautiful love story, whilst forensically exposing the blithe injustice of empire.”

Making her RSC debut, Tanya Katyal plays Rani Das. Her theatre credits include When Mountains Meet at Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow. Television credits include Netflix’s Eternally Confused and Eager for Love.

The production is directed by Pooja Ghai with Design by Rosa Maggiora. Lighting is by Matt Haskins, Music and Sound by Ben and Max Ringham, Movement by Wayne Parsons, and Casting by Matthew Dewsbury CDG and Martin Poile.