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.

The Invasion, Kansas City

Emily will be performing two of their solo shows and also making other appearances at The Invasion festival at the Central Standard Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, USA in January 2023.


For more information as it is released, visit the CSTKC website HERE

The Locksmith's Dream

Emily is currently playing the role of The Curator in the luxury immersive experience, The Locksmith's Dream which is next running  at Treowen House in Monmouthshire in Spring 2023  after extremely successful events in October and December 2022. Read a review HERE

Step into a 17th Century manor house seemingly trapped in the 1920s. Unravel the narrative mysteries, solve puzzles and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the house and its grounds.


For more information visit the WEBSITE


Orbital: Ringa Ringa

Emily stars as Death in the new music video from well-known techno band, Orbital. You can watch this folk-horror inspired video, which was shot in Sussex woodland in the Autumn of 2022, HERE!

Transparent Oracle 2nd Ed.

The second edition of Emily's much sought after Transparent Oracle is now available online and from bookstores in the US and UK!

North, south, east, west, above, below, and within no matter where in the world we may be, we are all the centre of our universe as we perceive it. And it is the elemental forces of these seven directions that combine for your use when divining, meditating, and storytelling with this revised edition of The Transparent Oracle. Order HERE!



Quintessence tour

Emily's award-winning Shakespeare-infused sci-fi solo show, Quintessence, will be touring again in 2023, beginning with the British Invasion festival in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. If you'd like to discuss booking this award-winning, political sci-fi for your venue, please contact Emily 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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