NEWS: Mrs Orwell to Transfer to the Southwark Playhouse

Following a successful run at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Tony Cox’s play will transfer to the Southwark Playhouse from the 5th September. 

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Directed by Jimmy Walters, the transfer will see Cressida Bonas and Peter Hamilton Dyer reprising their roles in the production that is based on true events.

University College hospital, London, 1949.

1984 has just been published and George Orwell is in the last chapter of his life with a severe case of Tuberculosis. He still believes he has at least three novels in him so to keep his morale up he promptly proposes to friend Sonia Brownell, a 30 year old assistant magazine editor.

When Sonia learns that she is his only hope, she must decide whether to succumb to the advances of Lucien Freud or enter a platonic marriage with one of the country’s most renowned writers.

Tony Cox’s play explores the private life of one of the best known authors of the 20th century and brings it to life.

As well as Cressida Bonas and Peter Hamilton Dyer, the cast will include Edmund Digby Jones, Robert Stocks and Rosie Ede.

Talking about the news, director Jimmy Walters said: “We are absolutely thrilled that those who missed out on tickets at the Old Red Lion now have a chance to see Mrs Orwell at the Southwark Playhouse. This is Proud Haddock’s first production at the theatre and having seen several shows there before and been nothing short of overwhelmed, we are delighted.”

Mrs Orwell will play at the Southwark Playhouse from the 5th to the 23rd September. For more information and to book tickets visit:


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