Emma

by KATE HAMILL
based on the novel by JANE AUSTEN
directed by MEREDITH McDONOUGH

Wurtele Thrust Stage

A playful twist on a classic

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. However, 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 world premiere interprets the Jane Austen classic with delightfully unconventional flair.

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, fast-paced 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.

Ticket prices

Prices range from $15 to $80.

Pro tip: Preview performances start at $15 (June 18–23). Hurry, these go quickly! 

Health and safety 

All audience members, regardless of age, must wear a mask that securely covers the nose and mouth (no bandanas, neck gaiters or face shields) when entering and inside the theater. Proof of vaccination is not required to see a performance at the Guthrie.

Venue info

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. 

Accessibility

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

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Relaxed performance 

The Guthrie will offer a relaxed performance of Emma on Sunday, July 24 at 1 p.m. Although these performances are open to all patrons, they are intentionally modified to accommodate patrons with sensory and vestibular sensitivities, anxiety, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, learning differences or challenges attending the theater.

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Post-play discussions

Join us after select performances for a facilitated discussion to process the play with people who care deeply about the production and its themes. Depending on availability, speakers may include actors, dramaturgs, Guthrie staff members and people with lived experiences related to the play.

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