Emma D’Arcy is an actor and theatre-maker based in London. She is the Joint Artistic Director of Forward Arena Theatre Company.
Emma’s stage credits include The Games We Played and Clickbait at Theatre503, A Girl in a School Uniform (Walks into a Bar) at the Hub and at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Children and Animals at the Edinburgh Fringe, Callisto: A Queer Epic at the Arcola Theatre, A Girl in School Uniform (Walks into a Bar) at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and Ian Rickson’s Against, alongside Ben Whishaw, at the Almeida Theatre
She recently appeared in Mrs Dalloway at the Arcola Theatre and in Wanderlust on BBC 1, starring alongside Toni Collette and Steven Mackintosh.
Reviews for Mrs Dalloway
Reviews for Mrs Dalloway at the Arcola are in:
- “Dâ€™Arcy is sharp and suggestive in her shape-shifting between many roles” Time Out
- ” Emma Dâ€™Arcy is a powerhouse in several roles, turning on a coin: as Septimusâ€™ Italian wife Rezia, her face becomes red and blotchy with concern, and as soon as sheâ€™s Clarissaâ€™s sullen, quick-speaking daughter Elizabeth we laugh before she even speaks.” Exeunt Magazine
- “Yet while these two are the key figures, the most striking performance comes from Emma Dâ€™Arcy as Septimusâ€™s frustrated, vulnerable wife Lucrezia.” Evening Standard
- ” Emma Dâ€™Arcy as Septimusâ€™ wife Lucrezia and other characters darted through the piece, offering pointed and sharp lines and movements that brought energy and pace to everything.” The Reviewers Hub
- “This is a creative and sophisticated production on all fronts, well crafted and beautifully delivered.” The Spy in the Stalls
- “Mrs Dalloway is an enthralling, brave piece of theatre.” Love London Love Culture
- “This adaptation of Virginia Woolfâ€™s novel is presented with stylish simplicity and theatrical flair.” British Theatre Guide
- “The five-strong cast gracefully flit between their array of different characters.” The Stage
Emma will be playing Rezia in Mrs Dalloway at the Arcola.
Wanderlust on BBC One
Emma has been cast in the BBC One series Wanderlust. Starring alongside Toni Collette andÂ Steven Mackintosh, this series will air this Autumn.
Reviews in for 'Against'
First wave of reviews are in Christopher Shinn’s new playÂ Against,Â directed by Ian Rickson at the Almeida Theatre.
The press on Emma andÂ Against:
- â€œEmma Dâ€™Arcyâ€™s nuanced performance as Anna, one of Lukeâ€™s vulnerable disciples, makes it hard to believe she is a new name in theatre.â€ 4 stars, Kate Kellaway, The Observer
- â€œWhat makes it worth sticking withâ€¦are the performancesâ€¦from a cast who often play multiple roles with conviction and passion.â€ Sarah Crompton, Whatâ€™s On Stage
- â€œ[Whishawâ€™s] quiet energy is well supported by the rest of a large ensemble castâ€¦lots of praise toâ€¦Emma Dâ€™Arcyâ€¦some marvellous moments of wry humour and acute emotional insight. Itâ€™s one of the best examples of new writing at present on the London stage.â€ Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk
- â€œA fantastic and fascinating ensemble elevates the scriptâ€¦excellent work, too, fromâ€¦Emma Dâ€™Arcyâ€ Tim Bano, The Stage
- â€œAn excellent cast fills in the blanks of Shinn’s charactersâ€¦Emma D’Arcy is superb as the awkward college student deeply affected by Lukeâ€ Marianka Swain, Broadway World
- â€œThere are plenty of amusing digressions, especially satirical interludes featuring idealistic college student Anna (Emma D’Arcy) having tense tutorial sessions with her narcissistic, painfully PC creative-writing teacherâ€ Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter
Emma D'Arcy rehearsing for 'Against'
Emma D’Arcy joins the cast of Ian Rickson’s Against.
Emma will play a supporting role in the production, at the Almeida, from the 12th of August to the 30th of September.
'A Girl In School Uniform (Walks into a Bar)'
Following successful runs at the Leeds Hub and West Yorkshire Playhouse, A Girl in SchoolÂ Uniform (Walks into a Bar), returns to the West Yorkshire Playhouse for a limited run inÂ April 2017.
'Too Much Love'
Emma D’Arcy stars as the lead in music videoÂ Too Much LoveÂ for Domino records’sÂ Little Cub. The video, directed by Lily Rose Thomas, can be seen here.
'Callisto: A Queer Epic' transfers to London
Following a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe 2016,Â Callisto: A Queer EpicÂ transfers to the Arcola Theatre for a week-long run.
Emma D'Arcy in 'A Girl in School Uniform (Walks into a Bar)'
Emma D’Arcy will star inÂ A Girl In School Uniform (Walks into a Bar)Â at the Hub in Leeds and then at the West Yorkshire Playhouse this September.
Reviews for 'Callisto: A Queer Epic'
Emma D’Arcy stars in Callisto: A Queer Epic,Â at Edinburgh Fringe 2016.
The press on Emma andÂ Callisto:
- â€œingenue Tammy, played charmingly by Emma Dâ€™Arcy…â€ 4 stars, Louise Jones, Broadway Baby
- â€œEight actors play multiple parts and personalities that cross every boundary imaginable, and each does so with great skill and sensitivity…[an] exceptional cast with an eye toward invention, pushing boundaries, and tugging heartstrings.â€ 5 stars, Theatre Eddys
- â€œThe acting from Forward Arena is magnificent.â€ 5 Stars, Zander Bruce, Scots Gay
- â€œThe performances…were uniformly brilliantâ€ Gemma Scott, ThreeWeeks
- â€œThe cast tackle it with confidenceâ€, Sally Stott, The Scotsman
- â€œsharp, slick, preciseâ€ 4 Stars, Alexander Hartley, Theatre Bubble
- â€œdespite the serious subject matter, the cast are able to inject some levity, making this a stellar performance.â€ The Broad UK
Reviews for Emma D'Arcy in 'Clickbait'
Emma D’Arcy played Kat in Milly Thomas’ Clickbait, directed by Holly Race-Roughan.
The production ran at Theatre503 from 19th January â€“ 13th February 2016.
The press on Emma in Clickbait:
Emma D'Arcy praised for performance in 'Pillowman'
Emma Dâ€™Arcy played Michael in Martin McDonaghâ€™s Pillowman, directed by Thomas Bailey, at the Oxford Playhouse.
The production received glowing reviews, with Emma singled out for particular praise in several publications.
The press on Emma in Pillowman:
- â€œThe showâ€™s finest performance comes from Dâ€™Arcy…whose writhing, fidgeting, drooling, shrieking portrayal of Michal is simultaneously endearing, amusing and incredibly annoying. It takes real skill to not present a mentally disabled character in a clichÃ©d, arguably offensive way, and Dâ€™Arcy deserves enormous credit for her ability to steer clear of this trap without leaving Michalâ€™s fundamental characteristics behind.â€ – Fergus Morgan, Reviews Hub
- â€œEmma Dâ€™Arcyâ€™s performance was nothing short of virtuosic.â€ William Aslet, Oxford Student
- â€œthe acting…is first-rate throughout. Bowman and Dâ€™Arcyâ€™s long scene charting the explosive, changing relationship between the brothers is rivetingâ€ Giles Woodforde, Oxford Times
- â€œEmma Dâ€™Arcyâ€™s performance as Michal is a masterclass in physical and verbal controlâ€ Benedict Morrison, The Oxonian Review
- â€œDâ€™Arcyâ€™s performance is troubling and uncomfortable to watch, but the audience is compelled to keep watching. Michalâ€™s dark nature and playful sense of humour offset each other throughout, and Dâ€™Arcy treads that line skilfully.â€ Stage Talk Magazine