By George Orwell
A New Adaptation by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
Playhouse Theatre, London
2014, 2015 & 2016
‘A richly deserved London transfer. This production turns Orwell’s dystopian head games into a powerful, visually audacious multimedia production’
The Sunday Times
Following an International Tour, the critically acclaimed Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production of Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984, returns to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre for a strictly limited season from 14 June, following two previous runs in 2014 and 2015.
★★★★★ ‘A chilling, ingenious 101 minutes. I urge you to see this stunning show’
★★★★★ ‘A work of extraordinary quality and intensity’
April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.
Orwell’s ideas have become our ideas; his fiction is often said to be our reality.
The ‘definitive book of the 20th century’ (The Guardian) is re-examined in a radical new staging exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.
★★★★★ ‘Crushingly powerful stuff’
★★★★★ ‘Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have pulled off something tremendous’
★★★★★ ‘Never lets the audience off the hook’
★★★★★ ‘Remarkable. Rendered with clinical, spine-tingling finesse’
Directed by Robert Icke & Duncan Macmillan
Designer Chloe Lamford
Lighting Designer Natasha Chivers
Sound Designer Tom Gibbons
Presented by Sonia Friedman Productions and Eleanor Lloyd Productions