Casting is today announced for Emilia, written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and directed by Nicole Charles at the Vaudeville Theatre from 8 March – 15 June 2019, following its run at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2018.
The role of Emilia is played at different stages of her life by Saffron Coomber, Adelle Leonce and Clare Perkins. They are joined by an all-female company playing both hers and hims including Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Jackie Clune, Jenni Maitland, Carolyn Pickles, Sarah Seggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield, Amanda Wilkin and Tanika Yearwood.
Emilia Bassano was a writer, teacher, poet and mother said to have been ‘The Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets and one of literature’s first female voices – yet her story has gone untold for centuries until now.
In August 2017 Shakespeare’s Globe Artistic Director, Michelle Terry, commissioned playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm to tell Emilia Bassano’s inspiring story. Weeks later, a female empowerment political movement swept across the Atlantic, uniting women to stand up and speak out, just like Emilia 400 years before. When the play opened a year later, this serendipitous meeting of an artistic idea and a social awakening sparked a flame within many women who identified with Emilia and embraced her story as their own. Thanks to them, what started as 11 performances at the Globe now blazes into the West End.
“An Act of Revolution. Nicole Charles’s production has so much wit, fierce intelligence and heady intensity” The Times
“An extraordinarily rousing new play” The Independent
Emilia is presented in the West End by an all-female producing team: Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Kate Pakenham, Nica Burns, Eilene Davidson.
There will be over 12,000 tickets at £25 or less available in all areas of the theatre across the run of Emilia. To ensure that Emilia is accessible to as broad an audience as possible, the production will be working with specialist organisations to offer £10 tickets across all performances.
Writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Director Nicole Charles
Set & Costume Designer Joanna Scotcher
Movement Director Anna Morrissey
Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr
Sound Designer Emma Laxton
Composer Luisa Gerstein
Musical Director Yshani Perinpanayagam
404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH
Booking number: 0330 333 4814
8 MARCH 2019 – 15 JUNE 2019
PRESS NIGHT: Thursday 21 March 2019