The Watsons

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This thrilling new play from Laura Wade, the winner of this year's Olivier Award for Best New Comedy (Home I'm Darling), is making its London premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory after a sell-out season at the Chichester Festival Theatre last year.

What happens when the writer loses the plot?

Emma Watson is nineteen and new in town. She’s been cut off by her rich aunt and dumped back in the family home. Emma and her sisters must marry, fast. If not, they face poverty, spinsterhood, or worse: an eternity with their boorish brother and his awful wife.

Luckily there are plenty of potential suitors to dance with, from flirtatious Tom Musgrave to castle-owning Lord Osborne, who’s as awkward as he is rich.

So far so familiar. But there’s a problem: Jane Austen didn’t finish the story. Who will write Emma’s happy ending now?

Based on her incomplete novel, this sparklingly witty play looks under the bonnet of Jane Austen and asks: what can characters do when their author abandons them?

Laura Wade’s play Home I'm Darling (Theatre Clwyd, National Theatre, West End & UK tour) won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Her hit play Posh transferred to the West End from the Royal Court, and then onto the big screen as The Riot Club. Recent work includes the adaptation of Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith and Edinburgh).

Laura Wade, from an unfinished novel by Jane Austen
Samuel West
Songs by:
Isobel Waller-Bridge
Richard Howell
Gregory Clarke
Ben Stokes
Mike Ashcroft
Cast list:
Sam Alexander, Sally Bankes, Joe Bannister, Jane Booker, Elaine Claxton, Tim Delap, Sophie Duval, Louise Ford, John Wilson Goddard, Grace Molony, Elander Moore, Paksie Vernon, Cat White, Laurence Ubong Williams, Rhianna McGreevy, Isaac Forward, Sonny Fowler and Teddy Probets.

Menier Chocolate Factory

51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Nearest tube:
London Bridge
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Casting announced for The Watsons at Menier Chocolate Factory
Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Full casting has been announced for the upcoming London premiere of Laura Wade’s The Watsons, the playwright's interpretation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel. The play is set to run at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 30th September following its world premiere in Chichester in November of last year, and is directed by Samuel West. The Watsons is based on Austen’s incomplete story, which follows nineteen-year-old Emma Watson who has been cut off from her wealthy aunt and forced to seek suitable men to marry.

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New Laura Wade play based on unfinished Jane Austen novel ‘The Watsons’ to transfer to the Menier
Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

A new play by Laura Wade, adapted from an incomplete novel by Jane Austen will receive its London premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory later this year. Titled The Watsons, Austen’s narrative follows Emma Watson, a nineteen-year-old who has been cut off from her aunt, with no choice but to return to the family home. Forced to marry quickly, Emma and her sisters meet potential suitors, but Austen did not finish the story, with Wade’s play picking up where Austen left off to ask what can happen to a character’s storyline when it is completed centuries after it was first written.

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