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Emilia to be adapted into a film?

The play will open in the West End in March after running at Shakespeare's Globe in 2018

Leah Harvey and Charity Wakefield in the Globe production of Emilia
© Helen Murray

A film adaptation of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's hit play Emilia may be in the works.

According to Screen Daily, the film adaptation is looking to be produced by Manon Ardisson and Chiara Ventura for up and coming production company Ardimages UK. Ardisson's previous work includes God's Own Country, which won the World Cinema Directing Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The company are working with Lloyd Malcolm to find a director for the film.

Based on the life and times of Renaissance poet, polemicist and Shakespeare contemporary Emilia Bassano (believed by some to be the "Dark Lady" in Shakespeare's sonnets), the show premiered at Shakespeare's Globe in August 2018, where it was labelled "an outright feminist triumph" by WhatsOnStage.

In March, the play will open in the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre, starring Saffron Coomber, Adelle Leonce and Clare Perkins as Emilia, with direction by Nicole Charles. Tickets for the West End transfer are on sale now.

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