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The Watsons

A new play by Laura Wade
Adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen

Minerva TheatreTicketsPrice: from £20


The thing is, Jane Austen isn't just any author; she's YOUR author.

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?

Laura Wade’s hit play Posh transferred to the West End from the Royal Court, and then onto the big screen as The Riot Club. Recent work includes the adaptation of Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith and Edinburgh); her play Home I’m Darling premieres at Theatr Clwyd and the National Theatre in 2018.

Samuel West returns to Chichester, where he has appeared in Young Chekhov and ENRON, and directed Three Women and A Piano Tuner and The Lady's Not For Burning. He was Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres 2005-07, where he revived The Romans in Britain.

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Cast & Creatives


  • Sam Alexander Bw.

    Sam Alexander

    Robert Watson
  • Sally Bankes.

    Sally Bankes

  • Joe Bannister Bw.

    Joe Bannister

    Lord Osborne
  • Jane Booker.

    Jane Booker

    Lady Osborne
  • Elaine Claxton Bw.

    Elaine Claxton

    Mrs Edwards
  • Tim Delap Bw.

    Tim Delap

    Mr Howard
  • Leonardo Dickens Bw.

    Leonardo Dickens

    Charles Howard
  • Sophie Duval Bw.

    Sophie Duval

    Mrs Robert
  • Archie Elliot Bw.

    Archie Elliot

    Charles Howard
  • Louise Ford.

    Louise Ford

  • John Wilson Goddard Bw.

    John Wilson Goddard

    Mr Watson
  • Grace Molony.

    Grace Moloney

    Emma Watson
  • Elander Moore Bw.

    Elander Moore

  • Katherine Rose Morley Bw.

    Katherine Rose Morley

    Margaret Watson
  • Paksie Vernon Bw.

    Paksie Vernon

    Elizabeth Watson
  • Cat White Bw.

    Cat White

    Miss Osborne
  • Laurence Ubong Williams Bw.

    Laurence Ubong Williams

    Tom Musgrave

Creative Team

Samuel West


Ben Stones


Johanna Town

Lighting Designer

Isobel Waller-Bridge


Mike Ashcroft

Movement Director

Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director

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