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Olivier Award-winning Emilia online premiere to feature Deborah Frances-White

Published 9 November 2020

The upcoming online premiere of Olivier Award-winning Emilia is to be introduced by stand-up comedian, host of The Guilty Feminist podcast, and screenwriter, Deborah Frances-White.

Deborah will open the Instagram live watch-along event, joined by Morgan Lloyd Malcom and members of the cast. After the show, there will be a Q&A with writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and director Nicole Charles. A fan of the show since its inception, Deborah has dubbed it “the throbbing heart of Shakespeare, the delicious comedy of Blackadder and is frankly nothing less than a trip to feminist church.”

(Photo credit: Helen Murray)

Emilia most recently won three Olivier Awards, the UK’s most prestigious stage honours. The Awards were: Best New Comedy, Best Costume Design – Joanna Scotcher, and Best Sound Design – Emma Laxton. The production was brought to audiences by a diverse team of women, some of whom made their West End debut with Emilia.

The online premiere of Emilia will start at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 November 2020.

In recognition of the fire lit in conversation when the production opened in London, audiences internationally can join in on Instagram and Twitter @emiliaplay #EmiliaWatchParty. Online bookers will be welcome to pay what you can to get access to the filmed production which will then be available for 2 weeks from 10-24 November.

(Photo credit: Helen Murray)

The Shakespeare’s Globe production was produced for the West End by Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Kate Pakenham Productions, Nica Burns, Eilene Davidson in association with Access Entertainment and Kim De Morgan.

Caitlin Moran said: “It’s brilliant, it’s joyous, it’s beautiful, it’s Blackadder funny.”

Emilia was filmed at the Vaudeville Theatre, 29 May 2019, originally for archival purposes, rather than for public viewing. The footage has been edited to improve sound and picture quality as much as possible.

Tickets will be available on a Pay What You Can basis, starting at just £1. Proceeds will be shared amongst the brilliant, hardworking team of people who made the show, including actors, designers, backstage crew and an all-female creative team whose jobs disappeared as theatres across the country closed indefinitely.

In partnership with publisher Bloomsbury, all ticket buyers will be able to purchase the play script with an exclusive 30% discount. The perfect addition for audience members to join in with Emilia’s iconic lines and relive the joy and energy from the theatre.

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