It has been announced that the play Mrs Orwell will transfer to Southwark Playhouse, following a run at the Old Red Lion Theatre, in September. Based on true events, Tony Cox’s play is set at University College Hospital in 1949, and looks at the last chapter of George Orwell’s life. He’s suffering from Tuberculosis, but believes he could still write three new novels so proposes to his friend, 30-year-old magazine worker Sonia Brownell, to keep his morale high.
George Orwell was only 46 when he died from tuberculosis. He’d just published Nineteen Eighty-Four, which went on to be one of his most successful works, and wasn’t able to see the impact he would leave on the world. Had he not fallen ill, who knows what wonders he could have gone on to write.