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Calling all Jane Austen fans… prepare to get lost in the world of the Victorian author in a whole new way with The Watsons transferring to the West End in May 2020.
Although the legendary British writer never finished her novel The Watsons, Laura Wade has.
Wade is a playwright who recently won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy for Home, I’m Darling. She’s also written Tipping the Velvet, which was adapted from a book by Sarah Waters, as well as Posh, Alice, Kreutzer vs Kreutzer and many more.
Her latest play The Watsons is based on Austen’s incomplete novel – and even continues where Austen left off.
Here’s how the story begins: Emma Watson is 19 and new in town. She’s been cut off by her wealthy aunt, so she needs to marry fast or be faced with a life of poverty and spinsterhood. As luck would have it, there are a couple of prospective suitors – the dashing socialite Tom Musgrave and the super-rich, but socially awkward Lord Osborne.
Unfortunately, that’s where things are left hanging. So, 200 years on, who should Emma pick for her happily ever after?
With The Times saying “Jane Austen has never been quite so much fun” and The Guardian calling it “a beautifully bold production”, audiences can discover what happens when a writer loses the plot and fictional characters take control of their tale.
Following sold-out runs at both Chichester Festival Theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Watsons transfers to the West End next year. It will run at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre from 8 May until 26 September 2020.
Tickets for The Watsons go on sale at 10:00 on Friday 15 November 2019 at Ticketmaster.co.uk.