The Watsons

The Watsons

A new play by Laura Wade. Adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen.

“If you're a big Jane Austen fan then this should be right up your street. Adapted from Austen's unfinished novel, this playful new piece is full of surprises. It was a riotous success in Chichester before transferring.”


Nineteen and new in town, Emma Watson’s been cut off by her wealthy aunt. She needs to marry, and fast, or be faced with a life of poverty and spinsterhood stuck in her humdrum family home.
Luckily, she has plenty of prospective suitors asking to dance, from dashing socialite Tom Musgrave to the stinking rich, socially awkward Lord Osborne. Which partner to pick? So far, so familiar, but that’s when Jane Austen stopped writing. Two hundred years on, her forgotten heroine’s happy ending still hangs in the balance.

Picking up an unfinished novel, Olivier Award-winner Laura Wade’s ‘ingenious and triumphant’ (Evening Standard) new comedy pops the bonnet on Jane Austen’s world. Directed by Samuel West, The Watsons transfers to the West End following sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Chichester Festival Theatre. What happens when a writer loses the plot and fictional characters take control of their tale?

Date & time

Until 26 Sep
Fri 8 May - Sat 26 Sep, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


Panton Street SW1Y 4DN London, UK · Get Directions
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