Princess & The Hustler

by Chinonyerem Odimba
Directed by Dawn Walton

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

“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.


Tour dates:

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

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Wed 27 Feb – Sat 2 Mar 2019

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Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

Tues 5 – Sat 16 Mar 2019

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Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Southampton

Tues 19 – Wed 20 Mar 2019

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Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

Fri 22 – Sat 23 Mar 2019

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Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool

Wed 3 – Sat 6 Apr 2019

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Live Theatre, Newcastle

Tues 9 – Sat 13 Apr 2019

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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


Sound Designer

Richard Hammarton


Assistant Director

Emilie Lahouel



Ola Animashawun


Casting Director

Briony Barnett

Illustration by Cressida Djambov

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Co-producing partners:


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