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Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6f, 6m

"A delightful retelling of a comedy." - TalkinBroadway.com

"Joyful… " - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6f, 6m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description

A highly theatrical adaptation of one of Jane Austen's greatest novels. Pledging never to marry, the mischievous Emma Woodhouse is nevertheless the "matchmaker of Highbury." Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has already received a proposal, but Emma insists she marry the eligible vicar Mr. Elton, while, an older family friend, Mr. Knightly, warns her to give up matchmaking. When Emma discovers Mr. Elton is more interested in her, she is forced to fend him off and find another suitor for Harriet. Highbury welcomes two new guests, a mysterious Jane Fairfax and the charming Frank Churchill, and Emma finds herself falling just a little in love with him. Ultimately, she decides that Frank is better suited to Harriet, but when she suggests the match, Emma is astonished to discover that Harriet has fallen for Mr. Knightly. A horrified Emma suddenly realizes she has always been in love with Mr. Knightley. In the end, all is set right as Frank reveals his secret engagement to Jane, Harriet receives a second offer from her first beau, and Mr. Knightley proposes to the deliriously happy Emma.

History

Emma received its world premiere at Cleveland Play House in 2010.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    The parlor and grounds of Emma Woodhouse and other locations.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

6f, 6m
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Casting Notes

Plus ensemble

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Materials

Scripts

Press

"A delightful retelling of a comedy." - TalkinBroadway.com
"Joyful!" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Authors

Michael Bloom

Michael Bloom is a writer and director and the former artistic director of Cleveland Play House. In addition to Emma, his plays include The Fagin Effect (based on Oliver Twist) and adaptations of Lessing’s Nathan the Wise and Ostrovsky’s Artists and Admirers. His latest play is Christmas Freud, a holiday comedy base ...

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