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April 12, 2016

London Premiere of Orwell Toynbee Drama

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Down and Out in Paris and London at the New Diorama Theatre

Down and Out in Paris and London, a modern satire inspired by George Orwell's memoir comes to the New Diorama Theatre this May. The London season follows a sell-out opening run at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In 1927, struggling writer Eric Blair plunged himself into the Parisian underworld, trying to find inspiration for his first book. When he emerged he had written one of history’s starkest accounts of life on the extreme breadline and had created the persona of George Orwell, who was to go on to create some of the most influential political writings of the last century.

Almost a hundred years later, journalist and writer Polly Toynbee followed in Orwell’s footsteps and went undercover living on the minimum wage, claiming job seekers allowance and living in social housing to write her expose of life in low-pay Britain: Hard Work.

This production adapted, written and directed by David Byrne, weaves together both George in 1920’s Paris and Polly in modern London as they try to navigate their way through life in a world of poverty, zero-hours contracts, labour-exchanges, universal credit and crippling inequality. Switching between the two stories, Down & Out in Paris and London is a witty, insightful and breathless exploration of the biggest issue facing modern society.

Down And Out In Paris And London runs at the New Diorama Theatre from 19 April - 14 May 2016

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ABOUT BRITISHTHEATRE

BritishTheatre.com
Opening Night Media Ltd
3rd Floor, 80 St. Martin’s Lane
Covent Garden
London WC2N 4AA

The British Theatre website has been established to celebrate the rich and diverse theatrical culture of the United Kingdom.  Our ethos revolves around encouraging and nurturing the performing arts in all its forms. The spirit of theatre is very much alive and the British Theatre website is at the forefront of delivering news and information to audiences and enthusiasts everywhere. Our team of theatre journalists and reviewers are working hard to cover productions and news.


We are constantly developing the site and are always open to receiving feedback from our readers. Join our mailing list to be kept informed of all the latest news that is of interest to you..