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Infamous (Playscript)

April De Angelis

The extraordinarily vivid life of Emma Hamilton bursts out of the history books.

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Famous and respectable? Can a woman be both?

Emma Hamilton is the name on everyone’s lips. Her attitudes are the latest dance craze sweeping Europe, inspiring a generation of artists from Romney to Goethe. But Emma doesn’t want to be somebody’s muse, she wants to be the somebody.

With rumours of Nelson’s imminent arrival swirling around Naples, Emma knows exactly which pose to strike to catch his attention and leave her mark on history. Or so she thinks.

The extraordinarily vivid life of one of the most remarkable figures in Georgian society bursts out of the history books in April De Angelis’s play.

Infamous opened at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in September 2023.

Critic Reviews

Garlanded with spiky wit.

The Times
Critic Reviews

The history is fascinating but it’s the wit and humour in De Angelis’s script that really moves this play along . . . as entertaining as it is enlightening. It’s surprising, funny, and heartbreaking, like all the best stories should be.

West End Best Friend
Critic Reviews

Thoughtfully pitched dark comedy . . . exposes the desperately bleak options available to women at the time . . . An emotionally adroit and often very funny play.

The Stage
Critic Reviews

Sharp, humane, funny and elegant, as you’d expect from the playwright April de Angelis. It roars along . . . but there is real pathos in it.

Libby Purves, TheatreCat
Critic Reviews

Neatly deployed . . . easy wit and [an] elegantly simple structure.

Evening Standard
Critic Reviews

An enjoyable and elegant chamber piece.

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April De Angelis’s plays include Kerry Jackson (National Theatre), My Brilliant Friend (adapted from Elena Ferrante’s novels for Rose Theatre, Kingston, and NT), House Party (BBC4 and Headlong Theatre), Gin Craze!, a musical with Lucy Rivers (Royal & Derngate), Extinct (Stratford East), Rune (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme), The Village (Stratford East), Wild East (Royal Court), A Laughing Matter (Out of…

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