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Closed September 10, 2018

Speculative history of Shakespeare's lover brims with wit and rage...The supposed dark lady of the sonnets is transformed into a convincing symbol of exploited women through the ages

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Why See Emilia?

Globe premiere

Men, who forgetting they were born of women, nourished of women, and if they were not of the means of women, they would be quite extinguished out of the world, and a final end of them all.

Often positioned as Shakespeare's muse, The Dark Lady of the Sonnets finally gets the chance to tell her side of the story in this specially written play by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm for the Summer 2018 Season at the Globe. Far more than just inspiration to the men around her, the spirited Emilia Bassano was not only a real woman, but one of the first in the country to publish, and profit from, her own poetry.

In addition to the Sonnets, Emilia is believed to be woven throughout a number of Shakespeare's plays, including Othello, The Two Noble Kinsmen and Love's Labour's Lost. But who was she? In some cases we know lots about her life through her letters and works, but in others Lloyd Malcolm has created a new narrative, letting us make up our minds about her away from the male gaze.

The all female cast will be led by Wolf Fall's Charity Wakefield as William Shakespeare, opposite Leah Harvey, Clare Perkins and Vinette Robinson sharing the role of Emilia.

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Opening night: 10 August 2018


Audio-Described Performance Saturday 25 August, 2.00pm Captioned Performance Thursday 30 August, 7.30pm

Cast and Creative


Badia Albina as Lady Katherine
Anna Anderson as Mary Sidney
Shiloh Coke as Lady Anne Clifford
Leah Harvey as Emilia 1
Jenni Maitland as The Countess of Kent
Clare Perkins as Emilia 3
Carolyn Pickles as Lord Henry Carey
Vinette Robinson as Emilia 2
Sophie Russell as Lord Thomas Howard
Sarah Seggari as Lady Cordelia
Sophie Stone as Lady Margaret Clifford
Charity Wakefield as William Shakespeare
Amanda Wilkin as Alphonso Lanier


Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Directed by Nicole Charles
Design by Jo Scotcher
Composition by Bill Barclay

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