based on the novel by JANE AUSTEN

Wurtele Thrust Stage

A playful world premiere 

Emma Woodhouse prides herself on being a matchmaker with an impeccable track record, much to the chagrin of her dear friend Mr. Knightley. Her latest scheme revolves around the sweet Harriet Smith, whom Emma advises to reject a perfectly good marriage proposal in favor of another eligible bachelor. But her best-laid plans are turned upside down by unpredictable displays of affection, unexpected rivals and Emma’s sudden realization that true love may have been under her nose all along. With screwball comedy and surprises aplenty, this fresh, fast-paced adaptation interprets the Jane Austen classic in delightfully unconventional ways.

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Prices range from $25 to $79.

Pro tip: Preview performances start at $15 (April 11–16). Hurry, these go quickly! 

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ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Emma will take place on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

What Jane Austen fans should know

  • This isn’t your grandmother’s Emma. Major characters and plot points hold fast, but Hamill approaches her adaptation in radical ways, including leaning into screwball comedy a la Lucille Ball.
  • It’s a joyous, feminist take in conversation with the classic: You’ll see gorgeous Regency-era trappings with quirky modern twists that speak to both then and now.
  • You may be surprised by who says what — and how. One thing we know to be true: You’ll never see Emma the same way again.

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