Tickets on sale for Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s EMILIA at The Globe Theatre

Based on the life of female Elizabethan poet Emilia Bassano, tickets are now on sale for Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play Emilia which will open at the Globe Theatre in London on 10th August 2018.



‘ 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.’
Emilia Bassano, To the Vertuous Reader


William Shakespeare. Kit Marlowe. Emilia Bassano?

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 time, the focus will be on this exceptional woman who managed to outlive all the men the history books tethered her to.


You can also book to hear Morgan Lloyd Malcolm in a pre-talk show about Emilia at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Wednesday 15th August at 6.00pm.