The Watsons - West End transfer

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Comedy - London West End - Shows

Tickets now on sale for the West End transfer of Laura Wade's new play, adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen - at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 8 May 2020.
The Watsons at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Laura Wade's new play - The Watsons - is adapated from an unfinished novel by Jane Austen.

Following sold-out runs at both Chichester Festival Theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory, the play is transferring to London's West End next year.

The production opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 19 May, with previews from 8 May, and runs until 26 September - and you can now book tickets here from ActDrop.

Directed by Samuel West, The Watsons played to critical acclaim at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2018, and completes its run at the Menier Chocolate Factory this Saturday, 16 November.

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 and asks: what happens when a writer loses the plot and fictional characters take control of their tale?

Laura Wade is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter.

Her credits include Home, I'm Darling (Theatr Clwyd, National Theatre, Duke of York's Theatre and UK tour - Olivier Award for Best New Comedy), Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, adapted from the novel by Sarah Waters), Posh (Royal Court Theatre and West End), Alice (Sheffield Theatres), Kreutzer vs. Kreutzer (Sydney Opera House and Australian Tour, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Royal Festival Hall and UK tour), Other Hands (Soho Theatre), Colder Than Here (Soho Theatre and MCC Theatre New York), Breathing Corpses (Royal Court Theatre), Young Emma (Finborough Theatre), and 16 Winters (Bristol Old Vic Basement).  Film credits include The Riot Club and Britain Isn't Eating.


Nineteen and new in town, Emma Watson has 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.


Author: Laura Wade, adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen
Composer: Isobel Waller-Bridge
Director: Samuel West
Designer: Ben Stones
Lighting: Richard Howell
Sound: Gregory Clarke
Movement: Mike Ashcroft
Production: Chocolate Factory Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions


Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street


From: Friday 8 May 2020

Closes: Saturday 26 September 2020


Standard: From £23

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