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About the show

Please note - due to Coronavirus, this production has been cancelled.

After sell-out runs in Chichester and the Menier Chocolate Factory, Laura Wade’s new play The Watsons transfers to the West End. Conjuring up a warmly funny ending for Jane Austen’s abandoned book, the play opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

From bonnets and dances to matchmaking and awkward suitors, everyone knows how a Jane Austen novel ends. But what happens when the author doesn’t finish her story? Laura Wade’s witty and wonderful adaptation of the author’s neglected novel finds a happy ending for Emma Watson, a young woman desperately seeking a match to avoid poverty, spinsterhood – and her overbearing brother.

Wade is an Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work includes Posh and Home, I’m Darling. Her vibrant script is directed by Samuel West, with set design from Ben Stones, lighting from Richard Howell and original music from Isobel Waller-Bridge.

Casting for The Watsons at the Harold Pinter Theatre includes Grace Molony as Emma Watson, Ralph Davis as Lord Osborne, Sam Alexander as Robert Watson, Louise Ford as Laura, John Wilson Goddard as Mr Watson, Paksie Vernon as Elizabeth Watson and Rhianna McGreevy as Margaret Watson.

Austen’s wayward leading lady meets her long-awaited match in this loving theatrical tribute. Find out how the story ends when The Watsons in the West End opens on 8 May 2020.

Who Should See It?

Jane Austen superfans will love this sparkling tribute to the author’s work, whilst anyone who enjoyed playwright Laura Wade’s previous offerings should book tickets for The Watsons, which offers more of her signature humour.

Playing at

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
Seating Plan

Harold Pinter Theatre seating plan

Booking period

8th May 2020

1st Sep 2020

26th Sep 2020

Running time

2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)