Performed at the vaudeville Theatre between 08 Mar, 2019 and 01 Jun, 2019
“A GLORIOUS BLAZE OF PASSION AND FURY… RICHLY FUNNY” (The Times).
1609. I AM EMILIA.
WRITER. WIFE. LOVER. MOTHER. MUSE.
400 years ago Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn’t. Could she have been the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets? What of her own poems? Why was her story erased from history?
Emilia and her sisters reach out to us across the centuries with passion, fury, laughter and song. Listen to them. Let them inspire and unite us.
Celebrate women’s voices through the story of this trailblazing, forgotten woman.
Stand up and be counted.
2019. WE ARE EMILIA.
Shakespeare’s Globe’s “EXTRAORDINARILY ROUSING NEW PLAY” (The Independent) which met with “WHOOPS, CHEERS, BELLY LAUGHS, A STANDING OVATION” (Time Out), now explodes at the Vaudeville theatre. An all-female cast playing both hers and hims rouses “AUDIENCES INTO A PITCH OF FERVOUR”(The Guardian) in a “MAGNIFICENT PRODUCTION” (The Stage) filled with “WIT, FIERCE INTELLIGENCE AND HEADY INTENSITY” (The Times).
'A fire-cracker production... a hit'
'Heartfelt and crowd pleasing'
'Told with verve and energy... a stirring show'
'Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's play roars into the West End'
'It rouses the audience right to their feet'
'Highly entertaining' 'very funny'
'A fantastic mix of laughter and fury – just one of the best things I have seen in years'
'It's brilliant, it's joyous, it’s beautiful, it's Blackadder funny'
'A knockout show, so funny and incredibly moving'
'It's Saturday Night Live meets William Shakespeare'
LADY KATHERINE HOWARD/ DESDEMONA/ RIVER WOMAN
Theatre Includes: The Madness Of George III (Nottingham Playhouse); Emilia (Shakespeare’s Globe); Macbeth (National Theatre); Quiz (Chichester Festival Theatre); New And Now (Royal Court/Edinburgh); What If Women Ruled The World? (Manchester International Festival); Othello (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); I Call My Brothers (Gate Notting Hill); Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe); Told From The Inside (Royal Court), Five Plays – You Are So Relevant (Young Vic); Robin Hood (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Hecuba (Rsc); Othello (Rsc); The Merchant Of Venice (Rsc); A Stab In The Dark, A Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts, Glitterland,Chamber Piece, A Streetcar Named Desire, Woyzeck (Secret Theatre Lyric Hammersmith).
Film Includes: Othello, The Merchant Of Venice, Making It.
Television Includes: Years & Years, Home,Trauma, Marcella, Coronation Streeet, Paralympic Opening Ceremony, Come Fly With Me, Whites, Doctors, Beautiful People.
LADY MARY SIDNEY/ MARGARET JOHNSON/ HESTER
Anna trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes: Still Alice (UK Tour); Emilia (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Mousetrap; The Frozen Scream (Birmingham Hippodrome/Wales Millenium Centre); The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre); Above and Beyond, You Once Said Yes (Look Left Look Right); Into The Sunlit Uplands (Theatre 80 St Marks, NYC), Running On Empty, Lisa Is Looking Into The Mirror (Bennett Media Studio, NYC); Red Admiral (Soho Studio); The Bald Prima Donna (The Etc); Crossed Wires (Theatre 503).
Television includes: Les Miserables; Fortitude; Silent Witness; Agatha Christie’s Marple – The Mirror Crack’d; Wire In The Blood; Is It Just Me or is Everything Shit?.
Film includes: The Shells; Burlesque Fairytales.
Christina studied as a cellist at the Royal College of Music before completing a Masters in Musical Theatre Performance at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
She has since appeared in The Grinning Man at Trafalgar Studios and her solo show ‘Inside Out’ at Theatre N16. Christina also featured as Stina Hart in Guitar Hero Live.
As a composer and songwriter, Christina has released two records with which she has been featured as a BBC Introducing artist.
LORD THOMAS/ EVE/ LADY HELENA
Theatre includes: Measure for Measure (Donmar Warehouse); Utility, Shakespeare Trilogy: The Tempest, Henry IV, Julius Caesar (Donmar King’s Cross), Henry IV (also St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York); Fallen Angles (Salisbury Playhouse); The Vote (Donmar Warehouse); Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory); 9 to 5 (UK Tour); Mogadishu (Lyric Hammersmith); Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward/Prince of Wales/International Tour); Billy Elliot the Musical (Victoria Palace); Julie Burchill is Away (Soho); Showstopper (G & J).
Television includes: Good Omens; Borderline S1 & S2; Motherland; Three Girls; Breathtaking; The Bill; Eastenders; Waking the Dead.
Film includes: Jawbone; Denial.
Theatre includes: A New And Better You (Yard Theatre); Sonnet Sunday (The Globe).
Television includes: Cuffs; EastEnders; Youngers; Holby City; Tracey Beaker Returns; Doctors; Runaway; The Bill.
Film includes: Electricity; Dustbin Baby.
Saffron trained at RADA where she was the recipient of the BBC’s Carleton Hobbs Radio Drama Award.
This is Lauren’s debut working with the Globe and in a West End Theatre
Training: East 15 Acting School
Theatre includes: The Tempest, Hamlet (The Young Shakespeare Company); Sense and Sensibility, Hamlet (Aquila Theatre, American Tour); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Oxford Shakespeare Company).
Stage Includes: King Arthur; The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz (The Scoop); After Orlando (Vibrant Festival); Henrietta Lacks (Tour); Vieux Carre (Charing Cross Theatre Transfer From Kings Head); The American Clock (Finborough Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird (Theatre Clwyd & Tour); Vagina Monologues (New End Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (English Shakespeare Company); Romeo & Juliet; Taming Of The Shrew (R.J.W. Open Air Productions); Twelfth Night (Battersea Arts Centre); Die Hamletmachine (Amsterdam Fringe Festival); The Diviners; New Anatomies (Man In The Moon Theatre).
TV Includes: Eastenders; Emmerdale; Casualty; Doctors (Lead Series Regular)
Film Includes: Two For Joy (Blonde To Black Productions); Dead Creatures (Long Pig Productions)
Cora made her professional debut in 2017 playing the lead role of Irina in The People Are Singing (Royal Exchange, Manchester).
Theatre includes: Not Such Quiet Girls (Leeds Playhouse/Opera North); Lucy in Sally Cookson’s adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Wendy in Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air).
Adelle trained at Italia Conti
Theatre includes: Amadeus, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre); Against (Almeida); Anatomy of a Suicide, Torn (Royal Court); In the Night Time (Gate); Tipping the Velvet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Woyzeck, Chamber Piece, Glitterland, A Series of Increasingly Impossible Acts, A Stab in the Dark (Lyric Hammersmith); Sing yer Heart out for the Lads, Hotel Baltimore (Avondale Theatre); The Dutch Courtesan (Shakespeare’s Globe); They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (Edinburgh Fringe).
Television includes: Silent Witness, Death in Paradise, Anne, Black Mirror, The Break, The Cuckoo’s Calling, Ordinary Lies, DCI Banks, Shameless, Vera.
COUNTESS OF KENT/ MARY/ MAN AT THE GLOBE 1/ SIMON FORMAN
Jenni trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre includes: Emilia, In Extremis (Shakespeare’s Globe); By Jeeves (Landor Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Cambridge Arts Theatre); The Rivals (Southwark Playhouse); A Little Neck (Goat and Monkey); Is Everything OK? (Nabokov); Hobson’s Choice (Chichester Festival Theatre); A Chorus of Disapproval (The Mill At Sonning); Northanger Abbey (York Theatre Royal/Salisbury Playhouse/UK Tour); Coram Boy (National Theatre); King Lear (Creation Theatre Company); Plastic Jesus (Old Vic); House and Garden, Fen, Sharp Relief (Salisbury Playhouse); Amadeus (York Theatre Royal); Blithe Spirit (Derby Playhouse); Daisy Pulls It Off (Lyric Theatre).
Television includes: Doctors; EastEnders.
As a multi-genre pianist and music director, Yshani has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Barbican Theatre and various West End Theatres. She has performed at events including the Oxford Lieder Festival, Kammer Klang and Live at the London Palladium and with such varied artists as City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mahogany Opera and Nina Conti.
Yshani is currently music director for Olivier nominated Goat by Ben Duke for Rambert Dance Company. She was MD for circus troupe Circa at the Barbican and Assistant MD for the Royal Opera House west end transfer of Wind in the Willows, featuring CHROMA ensemble. Yshani was also an MD with Olivier award winning show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.
Yshani is pianist of the Del Mar Piano Trio and Carism·tico Tango Band. She also has a strong interest in contemporary music; her commisions for piano, Commodore 64 and bespoke 8-bit synthesisers have been performed at the National Theatre Riverstage, The Place Theatre and the All Your Bass National Videogames Arcade festival.
Yshani was winner of the 10th Yamaha Birmingham Accompanist of the Year Award. She studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under John Barstow, Caroline Palmer and Andrew West. She is now a member of staff on the academic faculty at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a musicianship teacher at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.
Theatre includes: Sweat (Donmar Warehouse); Mrs Dalloway (Arcola); Emilia (Shakespeare’s Globe); Genesis Inc (Hampstead); The Immigrant (Hoxton Hall); Daisy Pulls It Off (Park); Primetime, Mules (Royal Court); Roundelay (Southwark Playhouse); The Convert (Gate); Removal Men (The Yard); The House That Will Not Stand, Fabulation, How Long is Never (Tricycle); Welcome To Thebes (NT); Meridian (Contact Theatre); How To Be Immortal (Penny Dreadful); Little Revolution (Almeida); Our Country’s Good (Nuffield); Generations Of The Dead (Young Vic); Twelfth Night (London Bubble); The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime (UK Tour); Neighbours (HighTide); Ragamuffin (Double Edge).
Film includes: Been So Long; Ladybird, Ladybird; Secrets and Lies; Whole New Heart; Bullet Boy – Screen Nation Award for Best Actress; Hallelujah Anyway; 7Lives; Blacklands.
Television includes: Damned; Shoot The Messenger; Family Affairs; Eastenders; Holby City; The Riots; Men Behaving Badly; Death In Paradise; Clapham Common; Talk To Me; Big Women; Babyfather; Casualty; The Bill; All in The Game; Pigheart Boy – BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama; A+E; Merseybeat; Chilling Out.
Radio includes: Comment Is Free; Lifelines; Tommies; Homefront; A Little Princess; Moll Flanders; Journal of a Plague Year; The Clintons; The Lamplighter; The Dragon Can’t Dance; Landfall; Stardust; Blood And Milk; Corrine Come and Gone; The Winter House; Westway; Weak At The Top; The Forsythes; Small Island; Miss You Still; No.10; All Those Women; No1. Ladies Detective Agency; Incredible Women; The Thickness; Natural Histories.
LORD HENRY CAREY/ JUDITH/ PRIEST
Carolyn trained at the University of Manchester and the National Youth Theatre.
Theatre includes: Moll Flanders (Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company); Rosmersholm (Cambridge Theatre Company); The Dillen (RSC); Wings (National Theatre); The Playboy of the Western World (Riverside Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (New Shakespeare Co at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The Cherry Orchard (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); Larkin with Women (Leeds Playhouse); Bodycell (Soho Poly); Stepping Out (Albery Theatre); Way Upstream (Sheffield Crucible); The Schuman Plan (Hampstead Theatre); Fram (National Theatre); Beasts (Theatre503); Worst Wedding Ever (Salisbury Playhouse); King Charles III (Sydney Theatre Company); Lost and Found (Spoken Word Centre).
Television includes: Mother Father Son, Bluebell, May to December, We’ll Meet Again, Evil Under the Sun, Preston Front, Prime Suspect, Canterbury Tales, The Final Passage, Hans Christian Andersen, Bremner, Bird and Fortune, Lewis, Foyle’s War, Kingdom, Midsomer Murders, Land Girls, The Other Child, Candy Cabs, Emmerdale, EastEnders, Coronation Street, New Blood, Vera, Broadchurch.
Film includes: Champions, Agatha, Tess, Ali G in da House, The Mirror Crack’d, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Spy Who Dumped Me.
Radio: Three times a member of the BBC Drama Company, Carolyn has recorded many radio plays.
LADY CORDELIA/ FLORA
Training: BRIT School and Arts Educational London
Theatre includes: Emilia, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); Comedy of Errors (Sam Wanamaker Festival, Shakespeare’s Globe); Scan Artists (Bridge Theatre Company – The Yard/Brighton Fringe); Sonny (Andrew Lloyd Webber Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Catford Theatre); Frontline (Andrew Lloyd Webber Theatre).
Film includes: Artemis Fowl; Elsie 3.
Workshop credits include: Pirates of Salé (National Theatre), The Berberian Sound Studio (Donmar Theatre); A Conscious Rebellion (Anything Other).
LADY MARGARET CLIFFORD/ MIDWIFE/ DRUNK MAN 1/ PRIEST 2/ RIVER WOMAN
Theatre includes: Emilia (Shakespeare’s Globe); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Watermill Theatre); Jubilee (Lyric, Hammersmith/ Manchester Royal Exchange); The Government Inspector (Birmingham Rep/ UK Tour); Herons (Lyric, Hammersmith); Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre); Mine (Shared Experience); Frozen (Birmingham Rep); Two (Southwark Playhouse); The Bloody Great Border Ballad Project (Northern Stage); In Water I’m Weightless (National Theatre of Wales); Pandora (Arcola); Woman Of Flowers (Forest Forge/UK Tour); and Multiplex, Fen and You Make Me Happy (When Skies are Grey) (The Watermill).
Television includes: Two Doors Down; Shakespeare & Hathaway; Shetland; The Crown; Doctor Who; Mapp and Lucia; Moonstone; Marchlands; Midsomer Murders; Small World; Holby City; Casualty; and FM.
Film includes: Retreat (Sophie was awarded Best Actress Award, Clin d’Oeil Festival); My Christmas Angel; Confessions; and Coming Home.
Sophie Stone is Co-Founder of Deaf & Hearing Ensemble Theatre Company.
Samantha Sutherland trained at Rose Bruford College.
Theatre includes: 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD (Cambridge Arts Theatre & tour), BEAUTY & THE BEAST (NIE, New Victory Theatre, New York & Corby Cube), THE RECRUITING OFFICER (Salisbury Playhouse) ARABIAN NIGHTS (Watermill Theatre) OLIVER TWIST (Bolton Octagon) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Tobacco Factory) THE SINGING MERMAID (Little Angel Theatre) THISBE & AROUND THE WORLD ON CHRISTMAS DAY (Door Ajar – writer) THE PAPER DOLLS (Polka Theatre) ALICE’S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND (Les Enfants Terrible) NICOBOBINUS (Dumbwise/Red Ladder) FAUST (Dumbwise) THE BATTLELINES TRILOGY (Forest Forge) OVIDS METAMORPHOSES (Pants on Fire)
Television Includes: THE GREEN GREEN GRASS (Sara, Shazam Productions).
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE/ DRUNK/ MAN 2/ VALENTINE SIMMES/ RIVER WOMAN
Charity trained at the Oxford School of Drama.
Theatre includes: Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe); Seminar, The Blackest Black, No Naughty Bits (Hampstead Theatre); Candida (Bath Theatre Royal); These Shining Lives (Park Theatre); The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre); The Rivals (Southwark Playhouse – nominated for an Ian Charleson Award); The Circle (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Three Musketeers (Bristol Old Vic); Yesterday was a Weird Day (BAC); On the Waterfront (New Wimbledon Theatre); The Graduate (New Vic Theatre, Stoke).
Television includes: The Great, Bounty Hunters 2, Bounty Hunters, Salvage, Genius, The Halcyon, Doctor Who, Close to the Enemy, Broken, Wolf Hall, The Player, High Moon, Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery, Mockingbird Lane, Any Human Heart, Legally Mad, Casualty, Rapunzel, Sense and Sensibility.
Film includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kill Switch, Day of the Flowers, Serena, Scar Tissue.
ALPHONSO LANIER/ RIVER WOMAN/ EMILIA IN OTHELLO
Amanda trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Theatre includes: White Teeth (Kiln Theatre); The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studios); The 306: Day (National Theatre of Scotland); La Ronde (The Bunker Theatre); Pilgrims (Theatre Clwyd/HighTide Festival/The Yard Theatre); Emilia, Hamlet, Gabriel, The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe); Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough & Birmingham REP); Arabian Nights (Watermill Theatre); The Bacchae, Blood Wedding (Royal and Derngate); Marat/Sade, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC); Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home (Nuffield Theatre); The Twits (Dukes Theatre).
Television includes: Berlin Station; Doctors; Gavin and Stacey.
Film includes: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
LADY ANNE CLIFFORD/ LORD COLLINS/ MAN AT THE GLOBE 2/ RIVER WOMAN
Tanika trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Theatre includes: As You Like It, Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Home and Everything in Between (Kali Theatre Company); Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty (Complicite).
The Times Article March 2019
Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre, London preview
A play inspired by a feminist Tudor poet is coming to the West End. Jonathan Bate separates the facts from the fiction
March 2 2019
Who was Emilia Bassano? Was she really the Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets? The playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm tells us in the preface to her new play, Emilia, that “it isn’t an accurate representation of Renaissance England, it isn’t a historical representation. It is a memory, a dream, a feeling of her.”
That’s as it should be for a piece of theatre that uses the past to speak to the present. However, before seeing the Globe production at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, many audience members will want to know how much of it is true and how much is fantasy or speculation.
Baptised Aemilia, she was born in Bishopsgate in 1569, the daughter of an English woman and a Venetian musician called Baptiste Bassano, who held an appointment at the royal court, where Queen Elizabeth demanded a constant diet of musical entertainment.
Baptiste died when Emilia was seven, at which point she had the good fortune to be taken into the household of Susan Bertie, the Countess of Kent, where she received a formidable education in the classics of the kind that was usually available only to boys. She would always be grateful for this, calling the countess “the noble guide” of her youth, and throughout her life she was drawn to all-female communities of learning……. READ MORE HERE