Princess & The Hustler - spring tour 2019

by Chinonyerem Odimba
Directed by Dawn Walton

An Eclipse Theatre Company, Bristol Old Vic and Hull Truck Theatre co-production

“Funny, moving and characterful.” ★★★★★ Bristol Live

"Richly textured, passionate and enormously affecting. Beautiful.” ★★★★ The Times

"A beautifully crafted play about a family threatened by racial tensions during the 1960s." ★★★★ The Observer

“Heartfelt and timely...” ★★★★ The Stage

“My name is Phyllis Princess James. I will wear this crown every day. I will never take it off even when I am asleep.”

Meet Princess. A cheeky 10-year-old, with a plan to win the Weston-Super-Mare Beauty Contest. Trouble is, her mum is busy working several jobs, her brother, a budding photographer, won’t even take her picture and then – The Hustler returns.

In 1963 Bristol, as Black British Civil Rights campaigners walk onto the streets, Princess finds out what it really means to be black and beautiful.

Princess & The Hustler is the second national tour born from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse movement that is spearheading the largest ever delivery of new Black British stories. The first Revolution Mix story was last year’s sell-out production of Black Men Walking.

Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Best New Play Award 2018.

“Black, beautiful and brilliantly funny.” ★★★★ Broadway World 

"A wonderful show for anybody who is struggling to accept their differences and to see their own beauty.” Centre Stage Reviews

“Captivating, powerful, shocking at times and thoroughly enjoyable.” Bristol24/7

Want to be part of the story? Eclipse are looking for local community members to be part of the community chorus and play an important part in the final production. Interested? Find out more here.

Tour dates:

Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Sat 9 Feb - Sat 23 Feb 2019

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Wed 27 Feb – Sat 2 Mar 2019


Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

Tues 5 – Sat 16 Mar 2019

Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Southampton

Tues 19 – Wed 20 Mar 2019


Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

Fri 22 – Sat 23 Mar 2019


Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool

Wed 3 – Sat 6 Apr 2019

Live Theatre, Newcastle

Tues 9 – Sat 13 Apr 2019

Cast and Creatives:


Phyllis ‘Princess’

Kudzai Sitima


Donna Berlin

  Wendell 'Junior'

Fode Simbo

  Wendell 'The Hustler'

Seun Shote


Jade Yourell



Emily Burnett


Romayne Andrews


Chinonyerem Odimba



Dawn Walton


Set and Costume Designer

Simon Kenny


Lighting Designer

Aideen Malone


Composer and Sound Designer

Richard Hammarton


Movement Director

Victoria Igbokwe
  Fight Director

Stephen Medlin


Voice and Dialect Coach

Joel Trill

Assistant Director

Emilie Lahouel



Ola Animashawun


Casting Director

Briony Barnett

Photo credit: The Other Richard

Illustration by Cressida Djambov

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 17.35.56.png

Co-producing partners:


   BOV_Logotype_BLACK.png        riMI3Qqs_400x400.jpg


Funded by: 




#PrincessAndTheHustler #RevMix