Was Sonia Brownell the inspiration for the character of Julia in 1984? What happened to her before and after she met and married George Orwell? Was she a gold digger or a tragic figure?
It’s not just umbrella festival programmes that keep myself and other London theatregoers busy in August. Here are some thoughts (and connections) on the other plays and musicals I’ve seen over the past week that are worth a look: Mrs Orwell, King Cowboy Rufus Rules the Universe, Boom and Salad Days.
In 1949, George Orwell lived the final months of his life in University College Hospital due to a severe case of tuberculosis. Torn between an uncertain faith in a recovery and the consciousness of the approaching end, hoping to write again, he decided to marry Sonia Brownell, a young and beautiful magazine editor.
While Edinburgh prepares to welcome back its Festival Fringe from the 4th August, London will be welcoming these shows to theatres… 1. Five Guys Named Moe, Marble Arch Theatre: playing is a specially created pop up theatre, Five Guys Named Moe transports audiences back to the 1940’s to a world filled with jazz. Featuring the hits… Read More
Peter Hamilton Dyer and Cressida Bonas star as George Orwell and his second, much younger wife in the world premiere of Tony Cox’s MRS ORWELL, exploring the private side of one of the most public icons of the 20th century. This latest Proud Haddock production has a strictly limited season at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre from 1 to 26 August 2017. Check out the rehearsal photography here.