Mrs Orwell
Drama
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Old Red Lion

Mrs Orwell

01 Aug 2017 - 26 Aug 2017

£18.00 - £18.00

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6 reviews

3.2 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
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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 countries most renowned writers.

Based on real events.

World Premiere

Old Red Lion [Pub]

“A fine performance that captures the cool efficiency and pragmatism of a bluestocking It Girl of the post-war period.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Hamilton Dyer captures Orwell’s contradictory mix of radical and reactionary attitudes... Entertaining and powerfully acted.”

Mark Lawson (Guardian)

“Intriguing account of George Orwell’s marriage to Sonia Brownell that poses more questions than it answers.”

Dave Hollander (The Stage)

“Absorbing, meticulously well researched new play... A heady, intriguing brew... Uneven but rewarding.”

Alun Hood (What's On Stage)

“While the role isn’t complex, Bonas captures her cool, clipped efficiency, as well as her pragmatic attitude.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Intriguing but rather dry... Sympathetically directed... Hamilton Dyer skilfully conjures the author’s eccentric brilliance.”

Theo Bosanquet (Time Out, What's On Stage)

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