Schools, universities and drama colleges will now be able to stage the West End play Emilia, after the performance rights were made available by agents Nick Hern Books.
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play, which ran in the West End earlier this year, is an all-female telling of the story of the 16th-century poet Emilia Bassano. Characters include Bassano, her husband Alphonso Lanier and William Shakespeare.
It began life at Shakespeare’s Globe before transferring to the West End in March, and cast members included Charity Wakefield and Clare Perkins.
The performance rights to the play are held by Nick Hern Books, which has announced that it is making them immediately available for educational institutions including secondary schools, sixth-form colleges, universities and drama schools.
Amateur groups are also invited to register their interest for future productions.
Tamara von Werthern, performance rights manager at Nick Hern Books, said: “This play not only offers an exciting opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a brilliant, fun and empowering production, but also has an inspiring, important message about women in history that is bound to stimulate fascinating discussions in the classroom.”
Lloyd Malcolm added: “I can’t wait to hear about and hopefully see some of the wonderful productions of our play all around the country. Emilia’s joy and fire is for everyone; enjoy it.”