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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Mrs Orwell premiere; Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio’s Titus Andronicus 2.0

28 July, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

• With Cressida Bonas and Peter Hamilton starring, Jimmy Walters’ production of Mrs Orwell premieres at the Old Red Lion from August 4. Written by Tony Cox, and set in University College Hospital in 1949, the play focuses on the later stages of the author’s life before his death from tuberculosis. Still believing he has three more novels to write, he proposes to his friend, Sonia Brownell. The 30-year-old assistant magazine editor is then faced with the decision whether to begin a relationship with Lucien Freud or enter a platonic marriage with Orwell. Orwell, says Walters, “couldn’t be more relevant today”, adding that the play “will give the audience a glance into the private life of one of the most public figures of his generation”. For details call 020 7837 7816, www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/theatre.html

• The Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio from Hong Kong will perform its award-winning production of Titus Andronicus 2.0 at the New Diorama Theatre on Friday August 4, and Saturday August 5. Performed in Cantonese with English subtitles, it was created in 2009 as a re-telling of Shakespeare’s play with seven actor-narrators. Tang Shu-wing says: “This is an adventure for possibilities of theatre through a journey to the source, returning to the origin of both Eastern and Western theatre in which stories were told and performed.” More details on 020 7916 5467. www.newdiorama.com

• There’s still time to catch the Women and War Festival, over the river at the Streatham Hill pop-up theatre until Sunday. Shows include Right Left With Heels by Polish playwright Sebastian Majewski, which reflects on historical events as observed by a pair of shoes once owned by Magda Goebbels. Flowers that Float on the Mediterranean Sea examines “home” and “belonging” among women who had no choice but to flee their homeland. For more details visit www.womenandwar.co.uk

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