Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Ave
London, WC2N 5DE
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Opened: 12 Jun 2015
Booking from: 14 Aug 2015
Booking until: 05 Sep 2015
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes (No Interval)
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  • mdehmelt 192cm male 1 review 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating 1984, 24th June 2016
    Great acting especially by the leading role and great way of using a camera to show action that takes place in different rooms. Good use of special effects.
    I went with my girlfriend to see 1984. We had J6 and J7. Even though it said restricted view, I did not feel that the view was restricted in any way. Highly recommendable seats priced at £19.84.
  • willalexstewart 6"2 male 11 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating 1984, 27th August 2016
    Sat in Stalls L16
    Great, great view. Theatre is built so there is no overhang, even though you are fairly far back. The seats aren't raked very steeply though, so keep fingers crossed that no one tall sits in front of you.
    L16 Stalls - Playhouse Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls L16
  • morganchannell 5"1 female 8 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating 1984, 29th August 2015
    My favourite play I've seen in years, highly recommend!!
    Parts of play at side of the stage were slightly obscured however could see the majority of the action and very good seat.
  • zoelambert 5 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating 1984, 17th August 2016
    Sat in Stalls F14
    All of the stage could be seen, and the leg room and comfort was good too!
The best seats in the Playhouse Theatre are towards the front of each section. Sit in the front of the Dress Circle for the best overall view of the stage.
Playhouse Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillian’s acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell’s influential 1984 returns to London’s Playhouse Theatre for a limited season. Premiering at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2013, Headlong’s pertinent play about a dystopian future received huge critical acclaim, accumulating numerous five star reviews.

Published in 1949, Orwell’s widely regarded novel 1984 imagines a dark, undesirable future in which Big Brother is always watching. Icke and Macmillan’s Olivier-nominated, radical adaptation focuses on the themes of surveillance and identity, following Ministry of Truth employee Winston Smith, or Comrade 6079, as he dangerously thinks his own thoughts, starts a diary and dares to fall in love. Described as the definitive book of the 20th century, 1984 examines why Orwell’s frightening vision of the future remains to be just as relevant.

Matthew Spencer (War Horse) takes on the role of Winston Smith, after previously appearing in the cast as Syme, alongside Gavin Spokes and Simon Coates as Parsons and Janine Harouni and Hara Yannas as Julia. Further cast members include Tim Dutton as O’Brien, Stephen Fewell as Charrington, Christopher Patrick Nolan as Martin, Mandi Symonds as Mrs Parsons and Ben Porter as Syme, as well as Verity Firth, Harriet Turnball and Jemima Wright.

1984 is adapted and directed by Robert Icke and prolific playwright Duncan Macmillan, who is best-known for Lungs. The production is presented by UK touring theatre group Headlong. Produced by Sonia Friedman, 1984 features design by Chloe Lamford, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons and video by Tim Reid. A smash-hit, sinister exploration of the damning side of society, 1984 returns to the West End for a predictably popular run.
Fans of Orwell’s novel will find that a vivid and accurate stage adaptation here, which is not suited for those under the age of 14. Please note that the production contains flashing lights and loud noises.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for 14+