“So what you want, in a nutshell, George, is a mistress, housekeeper, nurse, literary executor and mother for Richard?”
University College hospital, London, 1949.
1984 has just been published and 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.
Based on actual events.
Proud Haddock bring Mrs Orwell to Southwark Playhouse following a sold out run at the Old Red Lion. Other productions include A Naughty Night With Noel Coward (Old Red Lion), Tony Harrison’s The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus (Finborough Theatre), John Osborne’s A Subject of Scandal and Concern (Finborough Theatre) and William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (Saatchi Gallery).
Proud Haddock was started by Jimmy Walters and James Ahearne in 2014.
“Entertaining and powerfully acted” The Guardian
“It made me want to find out more” Daily Telegraph
“Peter Hamilton Dyer is superb” WhatsOnStage
★★★★★”Deeply fascinating” Love London Love Culture
★★★★”Cressida Bonas gives a fine portrayal” Daily Express
★★★★”Leaves the audience in suspense and awe” The Upcoming
★★★★”Excellent” Everything Theatre
★★★★”Cressida Bonas is cool and conflicted” The Londonist
★★★★”A fascinating insight” The Reviews Hub
Simon Gethin Thomas
Peter Hamilton Dyer
Edmund Digby Jones
Following the performance on Wednesday 13th September there will be a Q&A session with director Jimmy Walters and writer Tony Cox, moderated by Terri Paddock.