About the showRobert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed production of 1984 returns to the Playhouse Theatre for a third time following successful tours in the UK, US and Australia. Headlong’s startling adaptation of George Orwell’s darkly dystopian novel has been staged and performed to over a quarter of a million people since its first run at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2013.
1984 takes place simultaneously within the past, present and future, creating a fractured sense of time and place that plunges the audience into the mind of protagonist Winston, a citizen of Airstrip One. Winston lives under an oppressive regime where basic human behaviours are punishable, such as having subversive thoughts or using certain words in the English language. He falls in love with a mysterious lady early in on the play, but hiding this relationship from the watchful eyes of Big Brother proves to be harder than expected.
Orwell’s 1984 is an important text in modern society, having popularised concepts such as Big Brother and Thought Crime. These ideas have become increasingly prevalent as governments continue to put in measures that constantly survey the general public. This production prompts audiences to consider the effects of overly authoritarian regimes, where everyone is always being watched.
1984 is adapted for the stage by Olivier Award-winning director Robert Icke and playwright Duncan Macmillan. Icke’s past credits include directing the recent smash-hits Oresteia and Romeo and Juliet, both produced at the Almeida Theatre. Macmillan’s writing credits include People, Places and Things , which picked up two 2016 Olivier Awards. 1984 also features spectacular digital videos from Tim Reid and chilling design by Chloe Lamford.
1984 opened on June 14th and will run until September 3rd 2016. As with the previous run at the Playhouse Theatre, 101 tickets will be sold at £19.84 for each performance.