Cast: 13-29f, plus Chorus

Staging: Can be simply staged

Amateur rights performance fee: £85 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Imprint: Methuen Drama
Paperback, 160 pages ISBN: 9781350279247Publication Date:
7 Oct 2021
Size: 198mm x 129mm£11.99
First Staged:
Shakespeare's Globe, London, 2018


By Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

Paperback £11.99

  • Noel Coward Award for Best Entertainment/Comedy at the Olivier Awards - 2020

A riotous, witty reclaiming of the life of an exceptional woman – now available for performance by all-female-identifying casts in educational institutions.

Four hundred years ago, Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn't. Could she have been the 'Dark Lady' of Shakespeare's sonnets? What of her own poetry? Why was her story erased from history?

In Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's electrifying play, Emilia and her sisters reach out across the centuries with passion, fury, laughter and song.

Emilia received its acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare's Globe in 2018, before galvanising West End audiences the following year. It also won three Olivier Awards, including Best Entertainment or Comedy Play.

This edition, published by Methuen Drama, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, also includes a selection of Emilia Bassano's poems, introduced by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm.

Amateur performing rights for educational institutions are now available – don't miss your chance to experience this empowering play that gives its female characters the chance to finally stand up and be counted.

Casting note for companies

If you or your company are looking to perform Emilia, please read this important note from playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm before planning your production.

Press Quotes

'A firecracker of a play… a clever mix of history and revolution' 

The Times

'A passionate call-to-arms… a rousing reminder of the countless creative women who have been written out of history or have had to fight relentlessly to make themselves heard' 

Evening Standard

'A passionately considered manifesto rather than a cautious history lesson... a landmark moment in the history of Shakespeare's Globe'


'Rouses the audience right to their feet… Lloyd Malcolm has uncovered a cracking historical character… a gently meta-theatrical and very jolly historical romp of a show' 

Time Out

'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' 


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

The Stage

'Malcolm writes eloquently, at times beautifully, showing Emilia's suffering and brilliance in equal measure... an outright feminist triumph and a brilliant call-to-arms' 


'Highly entertaining… the spirit and big-heartedness of this show are undeniable' 


'Told with verve, energy and anger… a stirring show' 


Cast: 13-29f, plus Chorus

Staging:Can be simply staged

Amateur rights performance fee: £85 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Imprint: Methuen Drama
Paperback,160 pages ISBN: 9781350279247Publication Date:
7 Oct 2021
Size: 198mm x 129mm£11.99

Also by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm:

The Motherhood Project
The Wasp

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