Music of the 'Dark Lady'

Ahead of our 2018-2019 season we are delighted to announce our return to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe this summer on 8th July.

In recent years we've been involved in a number of projects at the Globe, from retracing Charles Burney's footsteps through the musical landscape of the 17th and 18th centuries with tenor Mark Padmore, to Samuel Adamson's play Gabriel with trumpeter Alison Balsom.

This year, and in anticipation of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play Emiliawe delve into the world of Emilia Bassano, the supposed 'Dark Lady' of the Sonnets and muse to William Shakespeare. One of England's first feminist poets, her place in history has been largely erased, yet she lives on as the possible inspiration for Shakespeare's 'Emilia' characters in Othello, The Two Noble Kinsmen and The Winter’s Tale.

As a member of the Lanier family, and daughter of a royal musician, we pair her poetry with the music of her family, friends and contemporaries in the intimate candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Tickets now on sale direct from Shakespeare's Globe!

Find out more about our performance here 

Read Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's blog on writing Emilia here

Michelle Terry
Artistic Director, Shakespeare's Globe

'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.’

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