Emilia archiveWhen history favours only one sex we are left to piece together what we know and imagine what we don't. Emilia Bassano was born into a musical family in 1569. She went on to become a published poet and a member of the court. However, what little we know about her has become bound up with the possibility that she was Shakespeare's ?Dark Lady of the Sonnets.' This legacy has erased her own achievements in favour of those of a man she may or may not have known. For the first time, the focus will be on this brilliant woman who managed to outlive all the men the history books tethered her to. Introducing to the world: Emilia! She's going to make you remember her name.


Nadia Albina (Lady Katherine Howard / Desdemona / River Woman), Anna Andresen (Lady Mary Sidney / Margaret Johnson / Eve), Jackie Clune (Lord Thomas Howard / Hester / Lady Helena), Saffron Coomber (Emilia 1), Jenni Maitland (Countess of Kent / Mary / Man at the Globe 1), Clare Perkins (Emilia 3), Carolyn Pickles (Lord Henry Carey / Judith / Priest), Sarah Seggari (Lady Cordelia / Flora), Sophie Stone (Lady Margaret Clifford / Midwife / Drunk Man 1 / Priest 2 / River Woman), Charity Wakefield (William Shakespeare / Drunk Man 2 / Valentine Simmes / River Woman), Amanda Wilkin (Alphonso Lanier / River Woman / Emilia in Othello), Tankika Yearwood (Lady Anne Clifford / Lord Collins / Man at the Globe 2 / River Woman), Adelle Leonce (Emilia 2)


Author: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Producer(s): Eleanor Lloyd, Kate Pakenham, Nica Burns, Eilene Davidson
Director: Nicole Charles
Design: Joanna Scotcher
Costume: Joanna Scotcher
Choreographer: Anna Morrissey
Musical Director: Yshani Perinpanayagam
Music: Luisa Gerstein
Lighting: Zoe Spurr


Emilia (Play) production archive for QTIX code T1280860171. Details of all Emilia archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0332533391

Archive Listings

8 Mar 19
1 Jun 19
Vaudeville Theatre
West End, Greater London
Performance Details => Venue archive


CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020, restrictions were lifted on 19th July 2021. Please note that iUKTDb archive listings between March 2020 and July 2021 may not be accurate as we did not receive details of all rescheduled and cancelled shows.

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