Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

ABOUT Emilia

Following its sell-out run at Shakespeare’s Globe, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s exciting and entertaining new play Emilia, directed by Nicole Charles, bursts into the Vaudeville Theatre this Spring.

Emilia tells the life of Emilia Bassano, a sixteenth-century writer, teacher and poet who regularly performed sonnets written by William Shakespeare during the Shakespearean era.

Hailed as ‘The Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare, this production brings the story of an untold female to life, capturing her voice throughout the show.

Emilia is booking from 8 March 2018 until 15 June 2019 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London.



Writer. Wife. Lover. Mother. Muse. I am unheard. I want education, equality, opportunity, respect. For us all. We want choice. We want a voice.

2019 WE ARE EMILIA. 400 years ago, Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn’t. Her story is still our story.

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. Times are finally changing. Not fast enough. It’s up to you. We are all Emilia. Stand up alongside her and be counted.


The cast includes Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Jackie Clune, Jenni Maitland, Carolyn Pickles, Sarah Seggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield, Amanda Wilkin and Tanika Yearwood.


Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and directed by Nicole Charles.


★★★★ ‘A fire-cracker production… a hit’ The Times

★★★★ ‘Heartfelt and crowd pleasing’ Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘told with verve and energy. . . a stirring show’ METRO

★★★★ ‘Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play roars into the West End’ The Stage

‘it rouses the audience right to their feet’ Time Out

‘highly entertaining’ Daily Telegraph

Sandi Toksvig: ‘A fantastic mix of laughter and fury – just one of the best things I have seen in years’

Caitlin Moran: ‘It’s brilliant, it’s joyous, it’s beautiful, it’s Blackadder funny’

Mark Rylance: ‘a knockout show, so funny and incredibly moving’

Fiona Shaw: ‘It’s Saturday Night Live meets William Shakespeare’