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Princess & the Hustler

19 March, 2019 - 20 March, 2019

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

  • wheelchair access
  • hearing enhancement
  • assistance dogs

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

Princess & The Hustler

19 - 20 March at NST City 

By Chinonyerem Odimba

Directed by Dawn Walton



“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. How is a girl supposed to win?

In 1963 Bristol, as Black British Civil Rights campaigners walk out 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 the "powerful, political, lyrical" Black Men Walking.

Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award 2018 for Best New Play.



“Funny, moving and characterful”

Bristol Live



"Richly textured, passionate and enormously affecting. Beautiful"

The Times


“In this secret sparkly space anything is possible – whatever the colour of your skin”

The Guardian



"Black, beautiful and brilliantly funny"

Broadway World



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

The Observer


“Captivating, powerful, shocking at times and thoroughly enjoyable”





"Heartfelt and timely"

The Stage


“A wonderful show for anybody who is struggling to accept their differences and to see their own beauty”

Centre Stage Reviews


Call out for a community chorus for Eclipse Theatre Company’s Princess and the Hustler

Eclipse Theatre will be visiting NST City in March and are looking for members of the local *black community to join their cast on stage and help us celebrate what it means to be black and beautiful. There will be two opportunities for community members to join the cast on stage: 

The pageant: as a celebration of black beauty in all its forms, we want to welcome black women (and those who identify as women (womxn) to walk as a parade of black women as part of the show.

The boycott: we’re looking for a number of people to take part as protesters at various points throughout the show, this opportunity is open to members outside of the black community also.

For further information and to apply please go to Eclipse’s call out on their website: https://eclipsetheatre.org.uk/news/1466-princess-the-hustler-join-the-cast-on-stage

(* To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalised for their race or ethnicity)


Donna Berlin

Donna Berlin

Emily Burnett

Emily Burnett

Fode Simbo

Fode Simbo

Wendell Junior

Jade Yourell

Jade Yourell

Kudzai Sitima

Kudzai Sitima

Romayne Andrews

Romayne Andrews

Seun Shote

Seun Shote

Tickets starting at: £27, £22, £17, £10

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Student tickets - £10