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) 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.

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. They are hoping to develop this piece further for digital media.

Emily is also a published creator of a number of highly popular Tarot decks including The Transparent Tarot 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

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Seeking Faery

Seeking Faery available now- order HERE


This colorfully illustrated and designed pocket guide to the world of Faery will bring you face-to-face with pixies, will-o'-the-wisps, the tall and noble Sidhe, and so much more. Seeking Faery includes fascinating insights into the folklore and history of these magical beings and provides techniques for deepening your connection and developing honorable relationships with them.

Hastings Book Festival

Emily will be appearing at Hastings Book Festival in September, giving a talk and a workshop (on separate dates) on the theme of the esoteric content of Shakespeare as explored in their recent book, So Potent Art: The Magic of Shakespeare.

Tickets for the talk are available HERE

The Princess and the Dragon

Emily is currently on tour with Betwixt and Between's new show, the Princess and the Dragon. Recently finished previews at London's New Wimbledon Theatre, this two-hander musical will be touring to Exmoor, Edinburgh Fringe, Cambridge, Lincolnshire and Thorington Theatre in Suffolk.

A princess and a dragon make for unlikely companions but together they learn about themselves, each other and earning their happy ending in this brand-new, music-full, modern fairy-tale about freedom, friendship and finding boundaries. Following the success of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (‘Joyful playfulness’ **** (LondonTheatre1.co.uk). ‘Magical' **** (FairyPoweredProductions.com). ‘Charming’ **** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk)) Betwixt-and-Between are delighted to bring this brand-new 60-minute story to the stage, with original music and a sprinkling of magic to entertain and delight children aged 7-11, their families and the young at heart of all ages. TICKETS HERE

 Quickbooks commercial

Emily appears in the new Intuit Quickbooks national TV advertising campaign, now showing on UK television and online.

You can watch this borrowers-inspired commercial HERE.


Transparent Oracle 2nd Ed.

The second edition of Emily's much sought after Transparent Oracle will be released this Summer and you can pre-order HERE!



Quintessence tour

Emily's award-winning Shakespeare-infused sci-fi solo show, Quintessence, is touring again this year. After successful shows at Fringe TheatreFest, Barnstaple, Quintessence will be touring to Printer's Playhouse in Eastbourne and Prague Fringe, with more dates and development news to be announced. Tickets available soon! To book Quintessence or any of Emily's solo shows for your venue, please email HERE.

Workshops and Lectures

Emily has run workshops and given talks on many subjects internationally, including Shakespeare, Tarot, Mythology, Alternative Spirituality and Folklore. Their most recent speaker event was the Hekate Symposium, where they explored the presence of the Goddess Hekate in Shakespeare's works. This was virtually attended by roughly 700 people around the world and was a huge success. More details here!

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