About The Watsons

Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Booking to 26 September 2020
No longer booking

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?

The Watsons will run from 8 May 2020 until 26 September 2020 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

What’s the Story?

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.

Who’s in it? The Watsons Cast

Casting for The Watsons to be announced.

Creative Team

Written by Laura Wade (Home, I’m Darling, Posh), adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen.
Directed by Samuel West with design by Ben Stones, lighting by Richard Howell, sound by Gregory Clarke, movement by Mike Ashcroft and music by Isobel Waller-Bridge.


‘Laura Wade triumphs spinning Jane Austen into major theatrical gold’ – Variety

★★★★★ ‘A beautiful bold production. A stunning play.’ – The Guardian

★★★★ ‘Excellent. Jane Austen has never been quite as much fun.’ – The Times

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

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 26 September 2020

Venue Information

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176, 453

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