FIRST LOOK: Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre

Following its sell-out run at Shakespeare’s Globe, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s exciting and entertaining new play Emilia, directed by Nicole Charles, bursts into the Vaudeville Theatre for a strictly limited season from 8 March – 15 June 2019.

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.

The role of Emilia is played at different stages of her life by three actresses (Saffron CoomberAdelle Leonce and Clare Perkins) supported by an all-female ensemble cast playing both hers and hims.