With its starry casting and avalanche of starry reviews, is it any wonder that Mrs Orwell has secured an immediate transfer to Southwark Playhouse after its just-finished sell-out world premiere season at the Old Red Lion? We think not! The Proud Haddock production will now run at Southwark Playhouse from 5 to 23 September 2017. A selection of some of our favourite review quotes is gathered below…
Set at University College Hospital, London, in 1949, Tony Cox‘s new play, starring Cressida Bonas and Peter Hamilton Dyer, is based on actual events.
George Orwell (Peter Hamilton Dyer) 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 (Cressida 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.
The Proud Haddock production explores the private side of one of the most public icons of the 20th century. This theme of public and private contrasts is reflected in the staging which reveals a hospital corridor behind Room 65, the hospital room where the action takes place.
Mrs Orwell is designed by Rebecca Brower, with lighting by Simon Gethin Thomas and music by Jeremy Walmsley. The cast also features Edmund Digby Jones (as Lucian Freud), Robert Stocks (Fred Warburg) and Rosie Ede (Nurse).