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Harold Pinter Theatre, London
The Watsons
Harold Pinter Theatre, London
New play by Olivier Award winner based on unfinished Jane Austen novel
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Laura Wade’s play The Watsons, which ingeniously concludes Jane Austen’s abandoned novel of the same name, is set to transfer to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre following its critically-acclaimed runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Chichester Festival Theatre.

Austen’s story follows Emma Watson, who is forced to assess her options when her wealthy aunt cuts her off. She decides to find a new suitor to avoid a life of poverty, and settles on a dashing socialite, and a rich Lord.That’s where Austen got to before deciding – for reasons unknown – not to continue the story. Wade’s witty play imagines how it could have ended.

The Watsons will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 8th May.

Laura Wade’s last play to open in the West End was the Olivier Award-winning comedy Home, I’m Darling, which ran at the Duke of York’s Theatre after a premiere run at the National Theatre and Theatr Clwyd in Wales. He other work includes Posh at the Royal Court.

The play is directed by Samuel West, who has previously directed After Electra at the Tricycle, Waste at the Almeida and Dealer’s Choice at the Menier.

This transfer follows the Menier’s other recent West End transfers including Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith, Travesties starring Tom Hollander, and Fiddler on the Roof, which starred Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn.

In a four-star review of the Menier Chocolate Factory production – which ends on Saturday – Mark Shenton hailed the play one that “celebrates Austen and teases her into embracing new contemporary thoughts and ideas with refreshing vigour”.

The Watsons is at the Harold Pinter Theatre from May 2020, with tickets available now. 

Previews from |
8th May 2020
Opening date |
19th May 2020
Booking from |
8th May 2020
Available until |
26th September 2020
Closes |
26th September 2020
Categories |
By:
Laura Wade, from an unfinished novel by Jane Austen
Director:
Samuel West
Lighting:
Richard Howell
Sound:
Gregory Clarke
Design:
Ben Stokes
Choreography:
Mike Ashcroft

Harold Pinter Theatre Venue Information

Address:
Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Nearest tube:
Piccadilly Circus

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Laura Wade’s Jane Austen play The Watsons to transfer to Harold Pinter Theatre
Tuesday, 12 November, 2019, 09:40
Laura Wade’s new play The Watsons, adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen, is set for a West End run at the Harold Pinter Theatre following its runs in Chichester and at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Directed by Samuel West, The Watsons centres on Emma Watson – the central character of Austen’s abandoned book The Watsons. Emma has been cut off by her wealthy aunt, and is on the look out for a wealthy suitor at the risk of being left in a life of poverty. The...
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