Following its sold-out run at Shakespeare's Globe, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia, directed by Nicole Charles, will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End for a limited spring run.
The play, commissioned by the Globe, brings to life the story of Emilia Bassano, 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.
Emilia debuted in London this fall, wrapping up its engagement at the Globe in September. The production will play the Vaudeville Theatre March 8–June 15, 2019.
The role of Emilia is played at different stages of her life by three actors who are part of a 17 strong all-female company. The cast includes Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Jackie Clune, Saffron Coomber, Jenni Maitland, Clare Perkins, Carolyn Pickles, Sarah Saggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield, Amanda Wilkin, and Tanika Yearwood.
Further casting will be announced.
“From the very start it’s felt like both a challenge and a privilege to tell this story. There was something in the air throughout creating this and I’m in no doubt that magic happened this summer," says playwright Malcolm. "We could never have predicted the response we got and I am so happy and excited to be able to bring Emilia back for more people to meet her.”
“We all knew Emilia had an important story to tell and we had to commit to telling it, but an audience decides whether it’s a story worth hearing," says Michelle Terry, artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe. “We could not be more pleased or more proud that her story gets to be told and heard again and again, and continue a legacy of new plays being given the chance to become old plays because of popular demand.”
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