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Cressida Bonas to lead Mrs Orwell at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Bonas takes on the title role in Tony Cox's new play
The Old Red Lion presents the world premiere of Tony Cox’s new play Mrs Orwell from 1st August 2017. Based on actual events, the play tells of the final chapter of George Orwell’s life as he succumbs to a severe case of Tuberculosis. Believing that he still has the strength to write another three novels, he promptly proposes to his friend Sonia Brownell in order to help keep his morale up. The production explores the private side of one of the most famous figures of the 20th century and the soul-searching of a young friend trying to do right by all parties.
Jimmy Walters directs Cressida Bonas (Doctor Thorne (ITV), Gatsby and An Evening with Lucien Freud (Leicester Square Theatre)) as Sonia Brownell, with Peter Hamilton Dyer (Twelfth Night and Richard III (Broadway for Shakespeare's Globe), A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation (RSC)), Rosie Ede (Doc Martin, Call The Midwife and 1984 (West End)), Edmund Digby Jones (The Crown (Netflix), Quacks (BBC), Outlander (Sony Pictures)) and Robert Stocks (Jeeves and Wooster A Perfect Nonsense (World Tour), Get Santa (The Royal Court), Animal Farm (Italian Tour)).
Mrs Orwell runs until 26th August, with a press night on Friday 4th August.