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

Proud Haddock present the World Premiere of Tony Cox’s Mrs Orwell.

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 return to the Old Red Lion following the sold out run of A Naughty Night With Noel Coward  in 2015. Other productions include 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.


cast includes: cressida bonas, peter hamilton dyer, rosie ede, edmund digby jones and robert stocks

directed by jimmy walters
designed by rebecca brower
lighting by simon gethin thomas
score by jeremy warmsley

1st - 26th August
Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinee at 3pm


please note - this production has now sold out.

tickets may be released during the run. please check the 'book now' button for updates.

a returns queue will be in operation from 7pm each night (2:30pm on matinees). returns requests cannot be taken in advance of box office opening and tickets are not guaranteed to be available for every performance.

Tickets £18 (£16 concessions)

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Running time approximately 2hrs plus a 15 minute interval.

Latecomers will not be admitted.

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