Page extent: 176
ISBN: 9781786824813
Binding: Paperback
Female Cast: 13


Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

Paperback (10 Aug 2018)

In 1611 Emilia Bassano penned these words to her ‘Vertuous Reader’, as part of a volume of radical, feminist and subversive poetry. It was one of the first published collections 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 HerStory has been erased by History.

Commissioned specifically for Shakespeare’s Globe, and with an all-female cast, this world premiere will reveal the life of Emilia: poet, mother and feminist. This time, the focus will be on this exceptional woman who managed to outlive all the men the history books tethered her to.

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781786824813
Female cast 13
Binding Paperback
Page Extent 176


"Malcolm takes an attractively robust approach, mounting conjecture upon conjecture...  a passionately considered manifesto rather than a cautious history lesson... Not just the best piece in Michelle Terry's inaugural season, this is a landmark moment in the history of Shakespeare Globe." The Independent ★★★★

 "The great virtue of Lloyd Malcolm’s speculative history lies in its passion and anger: it ends with a blazing address to the audience that is virtually a call to arms... in rescuing Emilia from the shades, it gives her dramatic life and polemical potency." Guardian ★★★★

"Malcolm writes eloquently, at times beautifully, showing Emilia's suffering and brilliance in equal measure. She also uses the context of the Globe masterfully – shattering the fourth wall with direct address to bring the audience into the story... 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." WhatsOnStage ★★★★

"Morgan’s words see each and every woman that came before Emilia, have come since her, and are yet to come... Emilia is a play that transcends time, and place, to find meaning and relevance in a world far removed from its own." The Stage ★★★★★