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We regret to inform you that the forthcoming run of The Watsons at the Harold Pinter Theatre has been cancelled.

Although this news is disappointing, we very much hope to find a way to remount The Watsons at a later date. Until then, our priority is to the health and wellbeing of our company and our audiences.

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★★★★★ Metro ★★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ Times ★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★ Telegraph ★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ Daily Express

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.

"A beautifully bold, clear production… a stunning play."
The Guardian

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 (Theatr 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).

This production is presented by
Chocolate Factory Productions & Sonia Friedman Productions.

It is based on the Chichester Festival Theatre production which had its world premiere at the Minerva Theatre on 3 November 2018.






Harold Pinter Theatre
4 Panton St, London SW1Y 4SW

Running time

2 hours and 15 minutes
including one interval

Access bookings (ATG)

0800 912 6971



Sam Alexander

Sally Bankes

Jane Booker

Elaine Claxton

Tim Delap

Sophie Duval

Louise Ford

John Wilson Goddard

Rhianna McGreevy

Grace Molony

Elander Moore

Paksie Vernon

Cat White



Written by
Laura Wade

Adapted from the unfinished novel  by
Jane Austen

Samuel West

Ben Stones

Lighting design
Richard Howell

Sound Design
Gregory Clarke

Mike Ashcroft

Isobel Waller-Bridge