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 early 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

Dark Bites at 
Brighton Theatre Royal

Emily is one of a small cast of actors who will be reading spooky tales by Sussex writers in this atmospheric promenade performance by Savage Heart theatre company, taking over all the nooks and crannies of Brighton's Theatre Royal on the 29th and 30th October. Book HERE

The Torchlit Path

Emily  and Sorita D'Este will be co-leading the third iteration of this online devotional course again starting on October 16th. A few places are still available and you can book HERE


The Torchlit Path is a 9-week program created by Sorita d'Este and Emily Carding as a pathway towards a deeper, mystical and devotional relationship with the Goddess of the Crossroads, the Triple-Goddess Hekate.

During our time together you will be able to learn more about the history of the Goddess, her primary symbols, epithets and sacred stories - as well as techniques to help you creatively connect with Hekate, enabling you to further your own understanding through practice.

The Key of Dreams

A new Lovecraftian immersive mystery event from the makers of Locksmith's Dream is coming in 2024, featuring all new characters and secrets to uncover. Emily will be playing one of the key roles and you book your place 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.

Currently taking last bookings for The Torchlit Path, a nine week devotional course for those who wish to work with the Goddess Hekate.

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