Emilia at Vaudeville Theatre tickets
Emilia at Vaudeville Theatre tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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

Age Recommendations: Recommended 11+

Dates and times

Running time: Approx 2 hours 30 mins
Opened: 08 Mar 2019
Booking from: 14 Jun 2019
Booking until: 01 Jun 2019

Location and map

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
London, WC2R 0NH

176 Reviews Add review

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... More

bowerhe 5'6, 44 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I walked out of the theatre in silence after seeing Emilia. I was completely shocked and speechless at what just happened on the stage.... More

courteneyc 5"3, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

An incredibly powerful play with some ingenious, refreshing staging. A terrific finale which left you desperate to give them a standing... More

bryonyjameson 5"7, 120 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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... More

catherinef3 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Absolutely incredible performances from everyone involved. I loved this play so much. It was clever, subversive, inspiring, rage-fuelling,... More

veroniquef 1 review, 0 helpful votes

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... More

saracasalengua 160cm, 68 reviews, 0 helpful votes

PLEASE GO SEE THIS PLAY. The writing, the actors, the staging, the lighting, the music, the passion is all phoneminal. I hope this... More

oliviaseidler 5"3, 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This is a thoroughly good show with great performances from an all female cast who play both the male and female characters. It was... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Really good show that does a great job at retelling the life of Emilia Bassano in an interesting, engaging, funny and powerful way,... More

shaun 5"10, 81 reviews, 6 helpful votes