‘a thrilling production bursting with ideas’
‘ a playful and provocative take on the grim goings-on’
‘raising serious questions’
Headlong’s highly acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell’s famously chilling novel 1984 returns to London for a limited season, revived by Olivier Award-winning director Robert Icke and Olivier Award-nominee Duncan Macmillan.
Originally premiering at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2013, 1984 has enjoyed international tours and returns once more to the West End for 12 weeks beginning in June, at the Playhouse Theatre London. 1984 is the smash-hit exploration of a dangerous and damning society, which remains frighteningly relevant today.
Published in 1949, Orwell’s darkly dystopian novel continues to be highly pertinent and is often described as the definitive text of the 20th century, examining the detrimental effects of surveillance, identity and control. 1984 follows a group of historians as they discover Winston Smith’s diary and must determine whether it is fictional or a sinister snapshot of reality. Ministry of Truth employee, Winston, lives in a controlling world, where an invasive government and Big Brother keep a close and watchful eye on their citizens. When Winston suddenly falls in love, he finds himself beginning to think independently and soon must face the consequences.
Receiving critical acclaim for its previous run at the Playhouse Theatre, 1984 is set to return for an equally successful run, opening June 14th and running until September 3rd. Similarly to its last run, the show will sell 101 tickets for a price of £19.84, promising to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.
Cast and Creative
1984 is adapted and directed by Robert Icke (Oresteia), Duncan Macmillan (People, Places and Things) and Daniel Raggett. Produced in collaboration with Headlong, Almeida Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse, the popular production features design by Chloe Lamford, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Olivier Award-winning Tom Gibbons (People, Places and Things) and video design by Tim Reid.
Andrew Gower (Being Human, Outlander) makes his West End debut as Winston, alongside Rosie Ede (Call the Midwife) as Mrs Parsons. Further cast members include Joshua Higgott (Oresteia) as Syme, Richard Katz (Nell Gwynn) as Charrington, Anthony O’Donnell as Parsons, Daniel Rabin as Martin, Catrin Stewart as Julia and Angus Wright as O’Brien. Child will be alternated by Eve Benioff Salama, Cleopatra Dickens, Amber Fernee and India Fowler.
Show Lengths and Times
1984 returns to the Playhouse Theatre London on June 14th and will play a limited season until October 29th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.
Show running time is 1hour and 40mins, without an interval.
Suitable for Children?
1984 contains unsettling scenes which are not suitable for children and is recommended for ages 14 and up. Please note that there are several loud noises and flashing lights throughout the production.
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