FEATURED: ‘The Watsons’, Menier Chocolate Factory

The Watsons‘, Menier Chocolate Factory

“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?’

  Thrilling new play ‘The Watsons’ from Laura Wade, winner of this year’s Olivier Award for Best New Comedy (Home, I’m Darling) will make its London premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory after a sell-out season at the Chichester Festival Theatre last year. 

  Adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen, Samuel West directs, with design from Ben Stones and sound design by Gregory Clarke.

  After its world premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre’s Minerva Theatre on 3rd November 2018, ‘The Watsons’, the production went on to receive many 5 star reviews, with The Guardian writing that “Laura Wade’s bold and playful adaptation of Austen’s unfinished novel is given a beautifully bold, clear production by Samuel West… Stunning”, whilst The Observer describes the play as being “An unpredictable treat, a brilliant, entertaining de-construction that reminds us of the inevitability – in life and art – of losing the plot”. 

  Don’t miss a production that is “twinkling with mischievous ingenuity. Dazzlingly clever and audaciously entertaining” (The Times).

  ‘The Watsons’ will run at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 20th September to 16th November 2019.


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