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Casting announced for Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre

Clare Perkins, Saffron Coomber and Adelle Leonce - Emilia - Photo credit: Matt Crockett.

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for Emilia. Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and directed by Nicole Charles, it plays at the Vaudeville Theatre from March 8 to June 15, 2019, following its run at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2018.

The role of Emilia is played at different stages of her life by Saffron Coomber, Adelle Leonce and Clare Perkins.

They are joined by an all- female company playing both hers and hims including Nadia Albina (as Lady Katherine Howard/Desdemona/River Woman), Anna Andresen (Lady Mary Sidney/Margaret Johnson/Eve), Jackie Clune (Lord Thomas Howard/Hester/Lady Helena), Jenni Maitland (Countess of Kent/Mary/Man at the Globe 1/Simon Forman), Carolyn Pickles (Lord Henry Carey/Judith/Priest), Sarah Seggari (Lady Cordelia/Flora), Sophie Stone (Lady Margaret Clifford/Midwife/Drunk Man 1/Priest 2/River Woman), Charity Wakefield (William Shakespeare/Drunk Man 2/Valentine Simmes/River Woman), Amanda Wilkin (Alphonso Lanier/River Woman/Emilia in Othello) and Tanika Yearwood (Lady Anne Clifford/Lord Collins/Man at the Globe 2/River Woman).

Emilia Bassano was a writer, teacher, poet and mother said to have been ‘The Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets and one of literature’s first female voices, yet her story has gone untold for
centuries – until now.

Saffron Coomber’s (Emilia 1) theatre credits include A New And Better You (Yard Theatre) and Sonnet Sunday (Shakespeare’s Globe). Her screen work includes Cuffs; EastEnders; Youngers; Holby City; Tracey Beaker Returns; Doctors; Runaway and The Bill (TV); Electricity and Dustbin Baby (film).

Adelle Leonce’s (Emilia 2) theatre credits include Amadeus, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre); Against (Almeida); Anatomy of a Suicide, Torn (Royal Court); In the Night Time (Gate Theatre); Tipping the Velvet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Woyzeck, Chamber Piece, Glitterland, A Series of Increasingly Impossible Acts, A Stab in the Dark (Lyric Hammersmith); Sing yer Heart out for the Lads, Hotel Baltimore (Avondale Theatre); The Dutch Courtesan (Shakespeare’s Globe) and They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (Edinburgh Fringe).

Leonce has also appeared on television in Silent Witness, Death in Paradise, Anne, Black Mirror, The Break, The Cuckoo’s Calling, Ordinary Lies, DCI Banks, Shameless and Vera.

Clare Perkins’ (Emilia 3) theatre credits include Sweat (Donmar Warehouse); Mrs Dalloway (Arcola Theatre); Emilia (Shakespeare’s Globe); Genesis Inc (Hampstead Theatre); The Immigrant (Hoxton Hall); Daisy Pulls It Off (Park Theatre); Primetime, Mules (Royal Court); Roundelay (Southwark Playhouse); The Convert (Gate Theatre); The House That Will Not Stand, Fabulation, How Long is Never (Tricycle Theatre); Welcome To Thebes (National Theatre); Little Revolution (Almeida); Generations Of The Dead (Young Vic) and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (UK Tour).

Perkins’ television work includes Damned; Shoot The Messenger; Family Affairs; EastEnders; Holby City; The Riots; Men Behaving Badly; Death In Paradise; Clapham Common; Talk To Me; Big Women; Babyfather; Casualty; The Bill; All in The Game; Pigheart BoyBAFTA for Best Children’s Drama; A+E; Merseybeat and Chilling Out. She has also appeared in the films Been So Long; Ladybird, Ladybird; Secrets and Lies; Whole New Heart; Bullet Boy – Screen Nation Award for Best Actress; Hallelujah Anyway; 7Lives and Blacklands.

Read more about Emilia.

Image: Clare Perkins, Saffron Coomber and Adelle Leonce – Emilia – Photo credit: Matt Crockett.

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