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20th September -
16th November


Tuesday - Saturday 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:30pm

No matinee on Saturday 21st September.

Sunday performances from 13th October.

Additional performances on Monday 23rd & 30th September at 8pm

Press Night on 30th September  

Running time

2 hours and 15 minutes
including one interval



Sam Alexander
Joe Bannister
Sally Bankes
Jane Booker
Elaine Claxton
Tim Delap
Sophie Duval
Louise Ford
Isaac Forward
Sonny Fowler

John Wilson Goddard
Antony Hampton
Jacob Kat
Rhianna McGreevy
Grace Molony
Elander Moore
Teddy Probets

Nicholas Southcott
Paksie Vernon
Cat White
Laurence Ubong Williams


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




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


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


Joe Bannister's theatre credits include As You Like It (National Theatre); The Roaring Girl & Titus Andronicus (RSC) & Chariots of Fire (Gielgud & Hampstead Theatre).

Louise Ford's theatre credits include Knight of the Burning Pestle (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) & A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare's Globe). Her television credits include The Windsors.

Grace Molony's theatre credits include Lady Windermere's Fan (Vaudeville Theatre). Her film credits include: Artemis Fowl & Mary Queen of the Scots.

Laurence Ubong Williams's theatre credits include The Deep Blue Sea (Chichester Theatre); Jumpy (Theatr Clwyd) & The Winter's Tale (Orange Tree Theatre).

Also in the company are Sam Alexander, Sally BankesJane Booker, Elaine Claxton, Tim Delap, Sophie DuvalIsaac Forward, Sonny Fowler
John Wilson Goddard Antony Hampton,   Charles Howard Jacob Kat,   Rhianna McGreevy , Elander Moore Nicholas Southcott,   Paksie Vernon  &   Cat White .  


From 20th September to 16th November.

Tuesday - Saturday 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:30pm

No matinee on Saturday 21st September.

Sunday performances from 13th October.

Additional performances on Monday 23rd & 30th September at 8pm


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