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Mrs Orwell

3 Male, 2 Female

Tony Cox Price: $14.95

"So what you want, in a nutshell, George, is a mistress, housekeeper, nurse, literary executor and mother for Richard?

Based on actual events, Mrs Orwell is the story of the marriage and literary partnership of George Orwell and Sonia Brownell

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


'Recounting a relatively unknown episode shortly before the death of a literary great, Mrs Orwell focuses on assistant magazine editor Sonia Brownell. While George Orwell languishes in a hospital bed with tuberculosis, Brownell becomes a frequent visitor, only to be presented with a startling marriage proposal ..." ~ The Stage

"The play does provide an intriguing portrait of Orwell himself ... [and] skilfully conjures the authorís eccentric brilliance, arguing with publishers one minute and slurping tea from a saucer the next. Convinced he has three more novels in him, the man behind Animal Farm and 1984 rages against the dying of the light. He is rictus with anguish throughout, his hospital room a suitably Orwellian prison. This pain and sense of literary loss provide the real heart of the drama, as we witness the premature end of a brilliant mind" ~ Time Out

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