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The Watsons

Closed September 26, 2020

It fizzes with life, rattles along at a cracking pace and provides an entertaining an evening as I've seen this year.

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Why See The Watsons?


West End Transfer

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an off-West End production with rave reviews must be in want of a West End run... and thus The Watsons wish is granted! After thrilling audiences and critics alike at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Laura Wade's stunning stage adaptation of Jane Austen's famously unfinished novel heads to the Harold Pinter in May!

A classic of her style, the heroine Emma Watson is intelligent and headstrong as she is cast into polite society to find a husband before spinsterdom claims her. With a queue of potential suitors and a decision to make, she is then suddenly cut off after Chapter 5.

Now, Olivier winning playwright Laura Wade (Posh, Home, I'm Darling) takes up the thread of Emma's tale in this fizzing production. Asking what can characters do after their author abandons them, Wade presents a suitably hilarious ending to Austen's beginning. Samuel West returns to direct this West End transfer. 

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Opening night: 31 May 2020

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Please note that the images used are from the original Menier Chocolate Factory production and may not reflect the current cast. 

Cast and Creative


Sam Alexander as Robert Watson
Sally Bankes as Nanny
Jane Booker as Lady Osborne
Elaine Claxton as Mrs Edwards
Ralph Davis as Lord Osborne
Tim Delap as Mr Howard
Sophie Duval as Mrs Robert
Louise Ford as Laura
John Wilson Goddard as Mr Watson
Rhianna McGreevy as Margaret Watson
Gracy Molony as Emma Watson
Elander Moore as Bertie
Paksie Vernon as Elizabeth Watson
Cat White as Miss Osborne


Written by Laura Wade
Directed by Samuel West
Design by Ben Stones

What we thought

GLORIOUSLY Inventive entertainment

Charming and riotously entertaining, and like the woman whose work it's based on - packs a memorable and satirical punch.

The wit and heart of Jane Austen shines brightly in this dazzlingly written and executed deconstruction of an early, unfinished work from the famous author, fantastically completed' by Laura Wade.

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