Review Round Up: Emilia, Shakespeare’s Globe

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia now playing at the Shakespeare’s Globe. 


The Independent: **** “Not just the best piece in Michelle Terry’s inaugural season, this is a landmark moment in the history of Shakespeare Globe.”

The Guardian: **** ” Lloyd Malcolm’s play is often hortatory in tone but, in rescuing Emilia from the shades, it gives her dramatic life and polemical potency.”

WhatsOnStage: **** “An outright feminist triumph and a brilliant call-to-arms, it’ll be hard to forget Perkins’ closing passage any time soon. Emilia is a rollercoaster production firing on all cylinders and not stopping for a second to apologise.”

Exeunt Magazine: “It comes down, once again to this: there’s no such thing as theatre for women. Not just because women like their feminism in different forms, but because women like their art in different forms.”

The Times: **** “An all-female cast moves the woman often believed to be Shakespeare’s muse to centre stage.”

Evening Standard: *** “The piece is in desperate need of editing and shaping and proves once again that greater quality control is required at the Globe; simply bunging loads of half-baked plays on stage each season isn’t good enough. In nearly three hours of Nicole Charles’s production we learn frustratingly little about what Bassano wrote; greater exploration of this would have been preferable to the wafty conjecture that she founded an all-female publishing collective.”

Time Out: ** “I’m afraid I didn’t really like it. Not because I disagreed with what it was saying, or with it being an all-female production, or anything like that. I just didn’t think it was a very good play: a well-meaning but often semi-coherent slew of slogans, speeches and sentiment that seemed to have difficulty deciding whether it wanted to be ‘Blackadder’ or ‘A Room of One’s Own’.”

The Upcoming: ***** “Watching Emilia is a captivating, transcendent experience made all the better by the significance of the setting. An intelligent piece of theatre, the staging is unafraid of engaging in topical issues whilst also seeing the humour within them. Its astute quips and acerbic speeches really bring home that though things may have changed since the days of the Bard, we still have a long way to go.”

London Box Office: ***** “The writing is so passionate, the delivery so heartfelt and the journey to the climax so strong that the men around me seemed as stirred as the women.”

The Reviews Hub: *** 1/2 “Emilia’s life story is fascinating, but diversions into broad and often repetitive comedy become increasingly irritating. Running at just under three hours, the production often feels painfully drawn out and it is the comedy scenes that most need trimming.”

Emilia continues to play at the Shakespeare’s Globe until the 1st September. For more information visit:

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