After a successful run at the Globe Theatre, Emilia is set to transfer to the West End for a limited season, opening at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2019. Emilia dramatises the life of Emilia Bassano, a sixteenth-century writer, teacher, poet and mother credited as ‘The Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare and who is considered to be a muse and inspiration for William Shakespeare. Throughout her life, she regularly performed Shakespeare’s sonnets and has been heralded as one of literature’s first female voices, with her story told through the production.
1609 I AM EMILIA. 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.