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    Ambition, intensity and rebellion in this heartfelt call to arms
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    A play that speaks to today
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Emilia tickets

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.

Performance dates: 14 Jun 2019 - 01 Jun 2019

Running time: Approx 2 hours 30 mins

Age recommendation: Recommended 11+

Special notice: Lovers of Shakespeare, English Renaissance, feminist stories and medieval history won't want to miss this beguiling play.

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Latest audience reviews

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

bowerhe 18 May 2019

I saw this show a few weeks ago now - I absolutely adored it, so much so that I immediately bought the play text after the show. It's a play that everyone needs to see with a rousing call to action that I will be thinking about for a long, long time.

bowerhe 18 May 2019

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

courteneyc 11 Jun 2019

I walked out of the theatre in silence after seeing Emilia. I was completely shocked and speechless at what just happened on the stage. This play will break your heart, stitch it back together with laughter and love and then march with you in the revolution. History and the future combine to bring the most powerful message this generation, the ones before and the ones after must hear. Devastatingly Emilia is now closed on the West End but I am certain that it will not be long before it returns. I urge everyone to see this production and if you can't the script is available. A song, a dance, a celebration.

courteneyc 11 Jun 2019

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

bryonyjameson Top 200 reviewer17 Apr 2019

An incredibly powerful play with some ingenious, refreshing staging. A terrific finale which left you desperate to give them a standing ovation as soon as they open their mouths. EVERY woman (and man for that matter) needs to see this show.

bryonyjameson Top 200 reviewer17 Apr 2019

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

catherinef3 26 May 2019

Went back and saw it again later in the week to show a friend- that’s how much I thought it was brilliant. Haven’t shot up faster for standing ovation. Incredibly clever and brilliant script and fantastic powerful witty cast. What theatre is when it’s at its best.

catherinef3 26 May 2019

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

veroniquef 23 Apr 2019

Absolutely incredible performances from everyone involved. I loved this play so much. It was clever, subversive, inspiring, rage-fuelling, funny and incredibly sad at times. Would recommend this to everyone.

veroniquef 23 Apr 2019

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

saracasalengua 24 Mar 2019

It is the greatest piece of theatre I have seen in a long time. Definitely changing the game and offering new perspectives. It is both funny and dramatic, while also empowering women and people from all different types of backgrounds. I really enjoyed it, as well as a primary school girl that was behind me. I think her parents really liked it as well, so even though the main target seems to be women, it is for everybody and evebody should go and see it.

saracasalengua 24 Mar 2019
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