The Crown actor Emma Corrin is taking on a new role, starring as the titular character in the new stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s prolific 1928 novel Orlando: A Biography.
Corrin took to Instagram to express their excitement for the project, “Oh I’m in absolute bits. Huge honor to be working with @michaelgrandagecompany again and to be bringing Orlando !!! to the west end.” They went on to say, “very very very excited.”
The play will run in London’s West End, and Corrin will participate in the Neil Bartlett project along with their My Policeman director Michael Grandage.
Orlando has previously been portrayed by Woolf admirer and Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton in the 1992 Sally Potter film adaptation. Earlier this year, the actress gave the foreword for the book The Fendi Set, honoring the group of 20th century English intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Set, arguably led by Woolf. Swinton also sat down with French luxury maison Chanel to dissect her great love of the written word in an episode of “In the Library With…”
“I have a relationship with certain books that I will reread every few years,” Swinton explained. “’Orlando’ by Virginia Woolf is a book that I first read when I was about 13, and it became very important to me because I developed a film based on it, and it’s sort of lived with me for my whole life since. But I still try and read it about every five years. And it changes. It’s like a mirror, because I’ll be five years older, and my life will have evolved.”
Lauded as a “feminist classic,” Orlando is set in the 1600s and follows a nobleman who has inherited his parents’ estate with the help of Queen Elizabeth I, who orders the young man to never change. Eventually, Orlando wakes up one morning and finds himself transformed into a woman. Orlando struggles to live as a woman in a “man’s world” and maintain ownership of the property. The novel spans over 400 centuries where Orlando meets various figures in English literary history.
This marks Corrin’s first time back on stage since their portrayal of Anna Delvey in 2021’s Anna X. They also have a slew of new projects coming up. Starring alongside Harry Styles in My Policeman, the film is set to release October 21 while their new Netflix series based on the famous D.H. Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover is currently in post-production.
According to PlayBill, Orlando is set to debut this fall with exact dates and theater locations set to be announced.