The Shakespeare’s Globe has confirmed casting for its upcoming production of Emilia, playing at the theatre from the 10th August. 

Emilia

‘ 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; do like vipers deface the wombs wherein they were bred.’ 

In 1611 Emilia Bassano penned these words to her ‘Vertuous Reader’, as part of a volume of radical, feminist and subversive poetry. It was also the first published collection of poetry written by a woman in England.  

The little we know of Emilia Bassano is restricted to the possibility that she may have been the ‘Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s Sonnets – and the rest of her story has been erased by History. Commissioned specifically for Shakespeare’s Globe, this world premiere will reveal the life of Emilia: poet, mother and feminist.

This new play by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm is directed by Nicole Charles. The all female cast is set to include: Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Shiloh Coke, Leah Harvey, Jenni Maitland, Clare Perkins, Carolyn Pickles, Vinette Robinson, Sophie Russell, Sarah Seggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield and Amanda Wilkin.

Nadia Albina will play Lady Katherine, returning to the Globe after appearing in Ellen McDougall’s Othello in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse last year and Iqbal Khan’s Macbeth in 2016.

Anna Andresen is Mary Sidney. Anna’s previous theatre work includes The Mousetrap (West End), The Frozen Scream (Birmingham Hippodrome) and The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre).

Shiloh Coke will play Lady Anne Clifford. Shiloh appeared in Misty at the Bush Theatre earlier this year and also starred in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy at the Donmar Warehouse.

Leah Harvey will play Emilia 1. Leah graduated from LAMDA in 2016, after which she starred in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy at the Donmar Warehouse.

Jenni Maitland will play Countess of Kent, returning to The Globe after appearing in John Dove’s In Extremis in 2007. Her other theatre credits include By Jeeves (Landor Theatre), Guys and Dolls(Cambridge Arts Theatre) and The Rivals (Southwark Playhouse).

Clare Perkins is Emilia 3. Clare is currently starring in Genesis Inc at Hampstead Theatre. Her other recent theatre work includes Daisy Pulls It Off (Park Theatre), Primetime (Royal Court/UK Tour) and Roundelay (Southwark Playhouse).

Carolyn Pickles is Lord Henry Carey. Carolyn is best known for multiple television roles, having appeared in the hit BBC series Broadchurch, as well as Vera and EastEnders. Carolyn’s recent theatre work includes Charles III (West End) and Beasts (Theatre 503).

Vinette Robinson is Emilia 2. Vinette is best known for her role as Nicola in the BBC television series The A-Word. She also won the Clarence Derwent Award for her role as Ophelia in Ian Rickson’s 2012 production of Hamlet at the Young Vic. Vinette’s other theatre work includes Albion (Almeida), Trout Stanley and Tender Napalm (Southwark Playhouse).

Sophie Russell is Lord Thomas Howard. Sophie’s recent theatre work includes The Prudes (Royal Court), Young Marx (Bridge Theatre) and Winnie and Wilbur (Birmingham Rep).

Sarah Seggari will play Lady Cordelia, also returning to The Globe after appearing in Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado About Nothing last summer.

Sophie Stone is Lady Margaret Clifford. Sophie’s recent theatre work includes Jubilee (Royal Exchange), The Government Inspector (Birmingham Rep) and Herons (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith).

Charity Wakefield will play William Shakespeare, returning to the Globe stage after playing Desdemona in Othello in 2005. Charity is known for multiple television roles, having appeared in Wolf HallClose to the EnemyDoctor Who (BBC) and Bounty Hunters (Sky).

Amanda Wilkin is Alphonso Lanier. Amanda returns to The Globe after appearing in the Globe to Globe tour of Hamlet, which travelled to 197 countries in 2014 and 2016. Her recent theatre work includes The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studios), The 306:Day (National Theatre of Scotland) and La Ronde (Bunker Theatre).

The production is designed by Jo Scotcher and features compositions by Bill Barclay.

Emilia will play at the Shakespeare’s Globe from the 10th August until the 1st September. For more information visit: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/emilia