Union Theatre to stage disputed Shakespeare play Fair Em

Caroline Haines. Photo: Faye Thomas
Caroline Haines. Photo: Faye Thomas
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A production of the disputed Shakespearean comedy Fair Em is to be staged at the Union Theatre in London in the new year.

It will be directed by Phil Willmott - whose previous work at the Southwark venue includes Shakespeare’s King John and another disputed Shakespeare play Double Falsehood - and will star actor Caroline Haines in the lead role.

Fair Em was discovered in a volume in the library of Charles II and was later collected with 13 other works, that were also thought to have been written by Shakespeare, in the Shakespeare Apocrypha by scholar Tucker Brooke in 1908.

The production's design is by Philip Lindley, with lighting by Jason Meininger. Meanwhile musical direction and composition is by Nick Morrell, with costume design by Anna Sargent.

The show opens on January 8 and runs until February 9, 2013, with press night on January 10.

It is produced by Claire Evans in association with the Steam Industry.