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Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play Emilia receives its West End transfer after a critically acclaimed season at Shakespeare’s Globe. Witness the story of Emilia Bassano, muse to Shakespeare and England’s first feminist writer, when this intelligent production comes to Vaudeville theatre in March.

After wowing audiences and totting up rave reviews, the Shakespeare’s Globe production of Emilia receives its well-deserved West End transfer. This new play by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm tells the extraordinary tale of Emilia Bassano, a British poet living 400 years ago and whose fight for education and equality is the stuff of legends. The production runs at Vaudeville Theatre from 8 March 2019 until 1 June 2019.

Bassano is often credited with being England’s first feminist writer and is thought to have been a muse to William Shakespeare, leaving behind an immortal presence within the characters in his plays. She was a theological pioneer, the founder of a school and a mother besides. Thanks to the myriad letters, legal records and poems she left behind, her life is well documented.

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm wrote Emilia specifically for Shakespeare's Globe, marking the first original commission by Michelle Terry as new Artistic Director. A playwright and screenwriter, Malcolm has written for Soho Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company/Clean Break Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and others. Among her most critically acclaimed plays are Belongings and The Wasp.

Fittingly, the production features an all-female creative team. Direction comes from Nicole Charles, musical composition is by Bill Barclay, choreography is courtesy of Anna Morrissey, while design and costumes are the work of Joanna Scotcher.

The West End run stars Saffron Coomber, Adelle Leonce, and Clare Perkins as the Emilias. Further casting includes Nadia Albina, Jackie Clune, Jenni Maitland, Anna Andresen, Sarah Seggari, Charity Wakefield, Sophie Stone, Carolyn Pickles, Amanda Wilkin and Tanika Yearwood.

The Stage noted that, "Emilia is a play that transcends time, and place, to find meaning and relevance in a world far removed from its own". Don’t miss this second chance to catch it when it plays a season at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre from 8 March 2019 until 1 June 2019.

Sorry this show closed 01 June 2019, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
14 Jun 2019 - 01 Jun 2019
Running time:
2 hours and 30 minutes.
Vaudeville Theatre (See map)
Age recommendation:
Recommended 11+
Audience Notes:
Lovers of Shakespeare, English Renaissance, feminist stories and medieval history won't want to miss this beguiling play.

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    I saw this show a few weeks ago now - I absolutely adored it, so much so that I immediately bough... More

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    bowerhe 18 May 2019

    I walked out of the theatre in silence after seeing Emilia. I was completely shocked and speechle... More

    courteneyc's avatar
    courteneyc 11 Jun 2019

    An incredibly powerful play with some ingenious, refreshing staging. A terrific finale which left... More

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    bryonyjameson 17 Apr 2019

    Went back and saw it again later in the week to show a friend- that’s how much I thought it was b... More

    catherinef3's avatar
    catherinef3 26 May 2019

    Absolutely incredible performances from everyone involved. I loved this play so much. It was clev... More

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    veroniquef 23 Apr 2019

    It is the greatest piece of theatre I have seen in a long time. Definitely changing the game and... More

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    saracasalengua 24 Mar 2019
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