Page extent: 112
ISBN: 9781786826381
Binding: Paperback
Male Cast: 8 - 10
Female Cast: 8

The Watsons

Laura Wade

Paperback (06 Nov 2018)

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?

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781786826381
Female cast 8
Male cast 8 - 10
Binding Paperback
Page Extent 112


"Laura Wade’s approach to completing the unfinished manuscript is every bit as clever, witty and resourceful as an Austen heroine presented with a problem to solve... The Watsons is meta, yes, but it’s also a very moving reflection on authorship – particularly female authorship."  The Stage ★★★★★

"One of the play’s many pleasures is its capacity to endlessly take us by surprise. We go in expecting a literary exercise and come out having seen a philosophical comedy... wrestles with the impertinence of completing a literary fragment, yet it rejoices in the limitless possibilities this affords... Wade has seized on this tension between authorial control and imaginative freedom to create a stunning play." The Guardian ★★★★ 

"An affectionate and entertaining skewering of the Jane Austen comfort zone...  Laura Wade knowingly becomes a part of the rapacious Austen industry with her very funny adaptation." The Telegraph ★★★★ 

"The second half of 2018 is proving to be a triumphant return to writing for the stage for Wade... a meta-theatrical free-for-all." Evening Standard ★★★★

"A brilliant, if wayward creation, in which Wade, rather than tacking an ending on to Austen’s fragment, plunges into it to explore, among other things, the creative process and the value of art." The Times ★★★★