Theatre Preview: Sally Cookson to direct an all female cast in the period comedy Emilia

JANUARY 27, 2023

The Cast

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s triple
Olivier Award-winning comedy Emilia, directed by Sally Cookson

The Cast

● This February, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School returns to Circomedia’s evocative performance venue, St Paul’s Church, Bristol, for the first graduate show of the spring season.
● Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play, Emilia, was commissioned for Shakespeare’s Globe in 2018.
A West End transfer was announced for 2019, where the comedy was met with critical acclaim and won three Olivier Awards.
● An all-female and non-binary cast alongside a team of largely female and non-binary creatives will present the historical, intersectional feminist story of a woman often overlooked in favour of her male counterparts.

Synopsis: It’s 1611 and, at the age of 42, Emilia Bassano becomes the first woman to have her poetry published in England. For centuries, history has overlooked this achievement in favour of her male contemporaries. Until 400 years later, that is.
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s triple Olivier Award-winning comedy storms into Bristol this February. A concoction of historical inspiration and imagination, this period romp charts our heroine’s journey from young courtier to a radical writer, well-versed in pushing the boundaries of a stiff society.

Emilia is at Circomedia, St Paul’s Church, Portland Sq, Bristol
17 Feb – 25 Feb (2.30pm and 7.30pm)
Prices from £10. Booking at
Suitable for ages 11+, contains strong language and adult themes