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Globe’s Emilia transferring to the Vaudeville Theatre

Sunday, 16th Dec 2018  

Emilia - Vaudeville Theatre

Earlier this year an interesting show bestowed the stage of Shakespeare’s Globe, with Emilia running at the venue over the summer months and attracting strong audiences.

But that is not going to be the end of the journey for this dramatisation of Emilia Bassano (later Emilia Lanier). The show is now set for another run in the capital, this time taking up performances at the Vaudeville Theatre, ensuring a vast wealth of theatregoers get to see it in 2019.

So it becomes the latest show to make its way to the capital from the Globe and the latest high profile production to land at the Vaudeville Theatre, a location that has welcomed a great deal of well known shows this year. It is currently the home of True West with Kit Harrington and Johnny Flynn, though it was also the home of various Oscar Wilde plays as part of its Classic Spring season, which included The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband and Lady Windermere’s Fan, amongst others.

But for Emila, the Vaudeville takes audiences further back in time as it focuses on a poet of the early 17th century, whose interactions during her time are said to have brought her into contact with William Shakespeare himself.

And to honour this uniquely female voice, one of the earliest such voices in English history, a cast of female performers have been recruited to play all of the roles, male and female, during its run. These cast members include Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Jackie Clune, Saffron Coomber, Jenni Maitland, Clare Perkins, Carolyn Pickles, Sarah Seggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield, Amanda Wilkin and Tanika Yearwood, though more names are sure to be announced closer to the start-date.

So it is a great way to celebrate a key part of English theatrical history, solidifying the legacy of someone who has had an important voice.

Emilia runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from Friday 8th March 2019 to Saturday 15th June 2019.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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