The Empress and Me - UK

Thursday, 22 February 2018 to Friday, 2 March 2018
Adelaide Fringe

Lizzie Yu, daughter of a Chinese Diplomat and Eurasian mother, was raised in France to be every bit the Victorian Lady, but when her father is recalled home she suddenly finds herself living in the Forbidden City, entangled in the politics of the Chinese Court and lady in waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi.

Based on the amazing true story of the Princess Der Ling who, following her unique experience of life at the Manchu court and close relationship with the Empress Dowager, became an international celebrity. The Empress and Me looks for the real woman behind the persona of Princess Der Ling and explores just what it is like to be raised between two cultures. Written by Ross Ericson, the OffWestEnd Award nominated writer of 'The Unknown Soldier'.

The Empress and Me is one of three productions from Grist to the Mill at the Bakehouse studio, Adelaide Fringe. The other shows are Gratiano and The Unknown Soldier.


‘The Empress and Me is an evocative tale of a remarkable life, and a perfectly pleasant way to spend an hour.’ - The Stage
‘An interesting journey to an unfamiliar place, and an enjoyable insight into a remarkable tale’ - Fringe Guru
‘An engaging manifestation of a fascinating woman who was clearly mistress of her own destiny in defiance of her times and culture.’ - Broadway Baby
‘Absolutely fascinating – a window onto an early twentieth century culture now lost for ever’


It’s an expository script full of historical information, with lots of quips. Its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Fringe.
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Adults $25, Conc $20, Children $20, Fringe Members $18.75, Groups (6+) $18, Cheap Tuesday $15, Bank SA $18.75, Pass Holder Discount $20

Performed by: Michelle Yim
Written and Directed by Ross Ericson

Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 7:30pm
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 - 6:00pm
Friday, 2 March 2018 - 6:00pm

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