Emilia Bassano was born into a musical family in 1569. She went on to become a published poet and a member of the court.
Emilia at Shakespeare's Globe

Image: Shakespeare's Globe


Genre: Drama
Venue: Shakespeare's Globe
Started: Friday 10 August 2018
Closed: Saturday 1 September 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available


'A new writing venue 400 years ago, the Globe continues to be a new writing venue today, and the 2018 season is no exception.

I'm so excited to premiere two plays written for the unique playing conditions of the Globe Theatre: Emilia, a new play by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm about the often beguiling and always fascinating Emilia Bassano, whom many consider to have been a muse and inspiration for Shakespeare.' Michelle Terry.


When history favours only one sex we are left to piece together what we know and imagine what we don't.

Emilia Bassano was born into a musical family in 1569.

She went on to become a published poet and a member of the court.

However, what little we know about her has become bound up with the possibility that she was Shakespeare's 'Dark Lady of the Sonnets.'

This legacy has erased her own achievements in favour of those of a man she may or may not have known.

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

Introducing to the world: Emilia!

She's going to make you remember her name.

This new play will explore Emilia in her own right as poet, mother and feminist.

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Postal address:
21 New Globe Walk
London SE1 9DT

Box office tel: 020 7401 9919

Box office email: -

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Previews from:Friday 10 August 2018

Press night:Wednesday 15 August 2018

Closes:Saturday 1 September 2018

Performance days & times

Various ‑ check schedule for details.

Various - check schedule for details.



Gallery (seated) from £22

Yard (standing) £5

£3 off for under 18s

Access information

Audio‑Described Performance:

Saturday 25 August, 2.00pm

Captioned Performance:

Thursday 30 August, 7.30pm


Author: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Director: Nicole Charles

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