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Time and again, history has been unkind to female personalities, writing them out of the books, even the writers and poets! Emilia is the story of Emilia Bassano, Shakespeare’s muse but long due to being celebrated for her role as one of the first female published poets in the world. This riveting play is a peek into the past of Emilia’s life and her influence on Shakespeare's most iconic plays, and a rousing call for action for women of today to take control of their own narratives. Watch Emilia with its all-female cast and crew at the Vaudeville Theatre this summer to be inspired and to ensure no woman is ever unheard!
About the Show
Emilia is written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm whose earlier acclaimed works have been ‘Belongings’ and ‘The Wasp.’ The all-female cast is led by the three actresses who play Emilia at various stages of her life – Saffron Coomber, Jenni Maitland, and Clare Perkins. They are joined by Adelle Leonce, Charity Wakefield, Nadia Albina, and Anna Adresen. Nicole Charles directs the play with choreography by Anna Morrissey and costume design by Joanna Scotcher. The show was commissioned for the Shakespeare Globe Theatre by Michelle Terry.
Emilia narrates the story of a female poet who has suffered the fate of female artists throughout history as many others – of not being celebrated enough! Emilia Bassano Lanier is an Elizabethan woman who was born to a Venetian Court Musician. She donned several hats through her life, as a mistress at 18 to Lord Chamberlain and later to Henry Carey, a wife to musician Alphonso Lanier and rumored to be the muse of Shakespeare as his ‘Dark Lady.’
Not much has been described of her life, except for the fact that in 1611, she published a book of poems ‘Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum’ that put her in the hallowed portals of the first few female published poets. The play discovers Emilia’s role in influencing Shakespeare’s work including creating a namesake character in the play Othello. Watch Emilia to find out more about this brilliant poet whom the world never got to know more of!
The Vaudeville Theatre has a seating capacity of 690.
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Emilia London Tickets
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Have a look at the real-time seat availability and prices of different sections for Emilia. In the interactive seat-map, select the date that you would like to watch the show and check out the seats available for that day. You can filter the seats as per your desired price range and purchase tickets directly.
Emilia - Vaudeville Theatre Ticket Prices
Stalls: £24 - £96
Dress Circle: £24 - £50
Grand Circle: £24 - £30
Emilia premiered at the Shakespeare Globe Company in 2018, and after a great reception by critics and audiences, it is now being shifted to West End. It will perform at the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited run from 21st March 2019 to 15th June 2019.
“It is throughout, a highly theatrical piece vividly directed by Nicole Charles and played by a diverse all-female cast.”
– The Guardian
“Morgan Lloyd Malcolm has woven a light-hearted yet heartfelt — if wildly overlong — hymn to the sisterhood."
Note: The reviews are of an earlier version of the show.
Emilia London Lottery, TKTS, Day Seats
Apart from getting tickets for Emilia online, there are other ways to obtain West End tickets for cheap, such as:
TKTS: The TKTS booth obtains its inventory directly from the theatre based on availability, and sells them for cheap. Refer to our detailed guide.
Emilia London TKTS
TKTS booths offer discounted tickets for certain shows, and can only be collected in person. Unlike New York, there is only one TKTS booth in all of London. You can check the availability of tickets for the show of your choice at the official TKTS website.
Emilia London TKTS tickets are sometimes available for purchase.
LOTTERY: The winner takes it all! You can try your luck to obtain tickets for a performance on the same day at discounted rates!
Emilia London Lottery
Currently, no lotteries are available for this show. Keep a tab on this space for more details.
RUSH TICKETS: These are tickets that are made available at the theatre box office on the day of the show on a first-come-first-served basis.
Emilia London Rush Tickets
A collaboration between TodayTix and the Vaudeville Theatre is offering £20 Rush tickets for Emilia. For each performance, a limited number of £20 Rush tickets will be made available, on a first-come, first-served basis. To grab hold of this feature, share the word about the production on social media via the TodayTix app.
Q: Is there a way to purchase Emilia London TKTS tickets online, instead of waiting in line at the TKTS booths?
A: Unfortunately, no. The only way to purchase tickets is in person at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square.
Q: What time should I arrive at Vaudeville Theatre?
A: Doors open 45 minutes before show time. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before curtain.
Q: Can I take photographs or videos of the show?
A: The use of cameras (still and video) and sound recorders is not allowed inside the theatre.
Q: What do I wear to the show?
A: There is no specific dress code. Formal attire is not required; semi formal or smart casual is recommended.
Q: Is there a possibility that I will get partial view seating if I purchase discounted Emilia London tickets?
A: When booking with Headout, you will get to select your specific seats, thus, ensuring you do not get stuck with partial view. However, if you opt to try and win lottery tickets, or purchase day seats, your seats will be allocated at the discretion of the Box Office, which can potentially mean partial view seating or split seats.
About Vaudeville Theatre
Emilia will be performing at the Vaudeville Theatre at the Strand. It is one of the smaller West End Theatres and was opened in 1870 and was known for musical revues and vaudeville shows. Over the years it has become a venue for musicals and plays like The Importance of Being Earnest, Great Expectations, True West and An Ideal Husband. The theatre has been rebuilt three times but maintains elements of its original structure and is now a protected building. It has 679 seats that are spread across three tiers – Stalls, Dress Circle, and Upper Circle.
Location: 404 Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R 0NH, UK