Round-up of news and treats and other interesting things

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play Emilia already looked like one of the top tips of Michelle Terry’s inaugural season at the Globe and with this cast announcement, Nicole Charles’ production fast becomes an absolute must-see!

Nadia Albina will play Lady Katherine 
Anna Andresen will play Mary Sidney 
Shiloh Coke will play Lady Anne Clifford
Leah Harvey will play Emilia 1
Jenni Maitland will play Countess of Kent 
Clare Perkins will play Emilia 3 
Carolyn Pickles will play Lord Henry Carey 
Vinette Robinson will play Emilia 2 
Sophie Russell will play Lord Thomas Howard
Sarah Seggari will play Lady Cordelia 
Sophie Stone will play Lady Margaret Clifford 
Charity Wakefield will play William Shakespeare 
Amanda Wilkin will play Alphonso Lanier

In 1611 Emilia Bassano penned a volume of radical, feminist and subversive poetry. It was also the first published collection of poetry written by a woman in England. Lloyd Malcolm promises to reveal the life of Emilia: poet, mother and feminist from the 10th August. See you there?

I was a huge fan of Webborn and Finn’s musical The Clockmaker’s Daughter when it premiered at the Landor back in 2015, so I’m delighted to discover that those oh-so-clever folks at Auburn Jam are producing a studio recording which will be released later this year and is available for pre-order now.

And whilst a small part of me would have loved that original cast to return, the performers announced thus certainly check the box on the all-star front. Christine Allado, Ramin Karimloo, Fra Fee, Matthew Croke and Lauren James Ray all fit the bill and make this an album to look out for. 

© Robert Viglasky

Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel has announced five additional dates at the Savoy Theatre over autumn and winter.

The shows at the Savoy will take place on the Sundays of 30th September, 4th November, 2nd, 9th and 16th December.

Regular readers will need no reminding but for the uninitiated Austentatious is an entirely improvised comedy play, starring a cast of the country’s sharpest comic performers, who conjure up a ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. Whether you’ve read all of Austen’s works or none of them, this hilarious show will be a totally new experience

Something of an unexpected but still welcome choice for revival – Dawn King’s Papatango-winning play Foxfinder was seen at the Finborough back in 2011 directed by a newish director called Blanche McIntyre (whatever happened to her…). And now it will be popping up in the West End at the Ambassador’s, directed by Rachel O’Riordan and starring Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon.

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