News: Cressida Bonas stars in Mrs Orwell

News: Cressida Bonas stars in Mrs Orwell

This summer, the world premiere of Mrs Orwell starring Cressida Bonas and Peter Hamilton Dyer will be brought to life at the Old Red Lion.

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, 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.

This exciting play is based on actual events. The production will explore the private side of one of the most public icons of the 20th century. This theme of public and private contrasts will be reflected in the staging by having a built in hospital corridor behind Room 65, the hospital room where the action takes place.

Cressida Bonas

They will be joined by Rosie Ede, Edmund Digby Jones and Robert Stocks. Director Jimmy Walters comments:

“As Proud Haddock moves into new writing territory I can think of no better script to start with first than Tony Cox’s Mrs Orwell. Orwell couldn’t be more relevant today and we will give the audience a glance into the private life of one of the most public figures of his generation. Tony’s writing dances between hilarity and poignancy and is by far the best script I’ve read in recent years. I really can’t wait for audiences to see it.”


Mrs Orwell plays the Old Red Lion Theatre from 1 – 26 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.


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