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Cressida Bonas to transfer with Mrs Orwell to the Southwark Playhouse

The show, about the later life of the famed novelist, has been running at the Old Red Lion throughout August

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Following a sell-out run at the Old Red Lion, Mrs Orwell, starring Cressida Bonas and Peter Hamilton Dyer, will be transferring to Southwark Playhouse this September for a three week run.

The play explores the private side of one of the most public icons of the twentieth century. In London, 1949, George Orwell is suffering from tuberculosis, but still believes he has at least three novels in him. To keep his morale up, he promptly proposes to friend Sonia Brownell.

Director Jimmy Walters comments: "we are absolutely thrilled that those who missed out on tickets at the Old Red Lion now have a chance to see Mrs Orwell at the Southwark Playhouse. This is Proud Haddock's first production at the theatre and we are delighted."

Our review of the show states that, in Hamilton Dyer, 'we get an Orwell that entirely convinces as the fiercely intelligent literary genius'.

Mrs Orwell will run at the Southwark Playhouse from 7 to 23 September, with previews from 5 September.