The Empress and Me
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 bestowed the title of Princess, 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" was first conceived and developed by actress Michelle Yim and Grist to the Mill Productions in 2017. The project was supported using funding from Arts Council England. The production debuted at Brighton Fringe in 2017.
The Empress and Me has visited:
Rialto Theatre, Brighton Fringe, 6,9,12 & 26 May 2017
Rotunda Theatre, Buxton Fringe, 9,12-13 & 19-21 July 2017
Assembly George Sq Studio, Edfringe, 3-28 Aug 2017
Ognisko Polskie, London 29 Oct 2017
Bakehouse Studio, Adelaide Fringe, 23,27 Feb & 2 Mar 2018
Blue Room, Southbank Centre London, China Changing Festival, 7 Oct 2018
Irving Studio, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham 9 & 11 Oct 2019
Aberdeen Arts Centre, Aberdeen Confucius Institute 27 Sept 2023
International School Aberdeen, Aberdeen 28 Sept 2023
The Empress and Me Tour Schedule
Wed 27 Sept 2023 Aberdeen Arts Centre 7:30pm
Hosted by Confucius Institute of the University of Aberdeen
As part of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
The Empress and Me is tour-ready and available for 2024 - 2025. Contact us for dates!
Meet the real-life Princess Der Ling!
Click on the picture below to check it out!
'Full of ambition, politics and cultural tension'
'Absolutely fascinating – a window onto an early twentieth century culture now lost for ever.'
'Yim is a winning performer.'
'It is the message the audience takes away that is powerful... of a woman who is trying to find out who she really is in multiple cultures but in which she feels she doesn’t really belong.'
'An interesting journey to an unfamiliar place, and an enjoyable insight into a remarkable tale.'
'An engaging manifestation of a fascinating woman who was clearly mistress of her own destiny in defiance of her times and culture'