Emily Carding

Actor, Theatre-Maker, Author and Artist

"Emily Carding is one of the UK's leading Shakespearean actors"

-The Stage

Emily Carding is an experienced Shakespearean actor, having appeared in versions of over twenty of Shakespeare’s plays, both on stage and screen. They hold a BA (hons) in Theatre Arts from Bretton Hall and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter.  Emily has, together with independent theatre company Brite Theater, created a number of challenging and innovative shows including Hamlet (an experience) and Richard III (A One Woman Show) - now retitled Richard III (a one person show)-both of which have won awards and rave reviews internationally. Both adaptations use the audience as characters within the play and create a truly immersive experience with very little other than actor, text, space and audience. Emily is also an accomplished screen actor, and played opposite Martin Freeman in the British horror movie hit, Ghost Stories and will appear on cinema screens in 2024 as Dara in Return to Silent Hill directed by Christophe Gans.

In 2018 Emily was commissioned by London Science Museum to create a solo theatre piece inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Quintessence imagines a future where humanity has become extinct and must be recreated by an AI, using Shakespeare as a guide to the human spirit. This won the outstanding theatre award at Brighton Fringe in 2019. A new version is being developed with director Susan Luciani to incorporate immersive projection.

Emily is also a published creator of a number of highly popular Tarot decks including The Transparent Tarot, The Transparent Oracle and Tarot of the Sidhe, and author of esoteric works, including Faery Craft,(Llewellyn 2012) So Potent Art: The Magic of Shakespeare  (Llewellyn 2021)  and Seeking Faery (Llewellyn 2022)

Latest News

Return To Silent Hill

Emily recently finished filming an exciting supporting role in the latest movie instalment of popular horror franchise Silent Hill. Return to Silent Hill was directed by Christophe Gans and is based on the video game Silent Hill 2, with an expected release in late 2024.

Locksmith's Dream

“The Locksmith’s Dream is, above all else, the most thoroughly immersive event I’ve ever attended … there really is nothing else like this.”

No Proscenium

Locksmith's Dream, featuring Emily as the Curator, is taking bookings for this Autumn and Winter HERE

Quintessence at WorldCon 24

Emily Carding's solo show Quintessence, orginally commisioned by London Science Museum and now available for touring and festivals, will next be performed at Worldcon in Glasgow on August 10th. Emily will also be appearing on some discussion panels related to immersive theatre.



The Key of Dreams

A new Lovecraftian immersive mystery event from the makers of Locksmith's Dream premiered in May 2024, featuring all new characters and secrets to uncover. Emily plays Dee, an occultist with a dark past. More dates in September, October and December...For a 24 hour immersive experience unlike anything else, book your place HERE


Emily will be performing both Caliban's Codex and Quintessence at BABEL FAST, an international theatre festival in Targoviste, Romania.

More details and full program can be seen HERE



Richard III (a one person show)
Buxton Fringe

Richard III (a one person show) will be playing at Buxton Fringe 17-19th July- more info HERE

Neil Patrick Harris at
The Locksmith's Dream

Towards the end of 2023, Neil Patrick Harris attended luxury immersive event The Locksmith's Dream with Emily Carding as The Curator. Read what he had to say about it HERE and watch an interview with him about it HERE!



TABI Summer Conference

Emily will be one of the speakers at the forthcoming Tarot Association of the British Isles Conference in Manchester, July  21st. More details HERE

Richard III
Verona Shakespeare Fringe

Richard III (a one person show) has been accepted into this year's Verona Shakespeare Fringe! One performance only on August 28th. More details HERE








Workshops and Lectures

Emily has run workshops and given talks on many subjects internationally, including Shakespeare, Tarot, Mythology, Alternative Spirituality and Folklore. They are experienced in both online and in person speaking and have worked with all ages and knowledge levels.

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