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Mrs Orwell

This summer, the world premiere of Mrs Orwell starring Cressida Bonas (Doctor Thorne (ITV), Gatsby (Leicester Square Theatre), An Evening with Lucien Freud (Leicester Square Theatre)) and Peter Hamilton Dyer (Twelfth Night and Richard III (Broadway for Shakespeare's Globe), A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation (RSC), Genius: Einstein (Fox 21 Television)) will be brought to life at the Old Red Lion. This exciting play is based on actual events.

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Mrs Orwell running time: 
115 minutes (including interval)

University College Hospital, London, 1949. 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 (played by Bonas), 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
Jimmy Walters
Simon Gethin Thomas
Rebecca Brower
Cast list:
Cressida Bonas, Edmund Digby Jones, Rosie Ede, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Robert Stocks
Other info:
Musical Score by Jeremy Warmsley

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Nearest tube:
Elephant & Castle, Borough
Seating Plan:

Mrs Orwell Customer reviews

Our Mrs Orwell Review

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.

Latest Mrs Orwell News & Features

Mrs Orwell
Mrs Orwell starring Cressida Bonas to transfer to Southwark Playhouse
Thursday, August 24, 2017

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.

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