1984 at Playhouse Theatre tickets
1984 at Playhouse Theatre tickets

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Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillian’s acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell’s influential novel 1984, returned to London’s Playhouse Theatre for a limited season in 2016. Premiering at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2013, Headlong’s pertinent play had toured internationally, with two West End runs under its belt. Accumulating rave reviews, 1984 returned to London once more, for a limited 12 week season at London’s Playhouse Theatre.

Published in 1949, Orwell’s famous text imagines a dark, dystopian future where a controlling government works closely with “Big Brother” to keep a frighteningly watchful eye on its citizens. A radical adaptation focusing on surveillance and identity, 1984 follows Ministry of Truth employee Winston Smith as he starts a diary and dares to fall in love. Described as the definitive text of the 20th century, 1984 examines why Orwell’s frightening vision of the future still remains relevant.

1984 was adapted and directed by Olivier Award-winning director Robert Icke (Oresteia) and prolific playwright Duncan Macmillan, who is best-known for People, Places and Things and Lungs. The production was presented by UK touring theatre group Headlong, alongside Almeida Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse. 1984 featured design by Chloe Lamford, lighting by Natasha Chivers and sound by Olivier Award winner Tom Gibbons, with video by Tim Reid.

A smash-hit, sinister exploration of the damning side of society, 1984 returned to the West End for a predictably popular run, having opened in June 2016 at London’s Playhouse Theatre.

Recommended for

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: Suitable for ages 14+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (No Interval)
Opened: 14 Jun 2016
Press night: 28 Jun 2016
Booking from: 24 Oct 2016
Booking until: 29 Oct 2016

Location and map

Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Ave
London, WC2N 5DE

217 Reviews Add review

It was good yeah. I liked the actor who played O'Brien. I felt like it, as a whole, could have been a bit braver. It just seemed... More

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 614 helpful votes

1984 really is one of the best plays showing in the West End at the moment. Adapting one of the greatest plays of all time is no easy... More

shaun 5"10, 144 reviews, 4 helpful votes

We booked to see this show at short notice after the matinee of Groundhog Day we'd originally booked for was cancelled - and it definitely... More

louisetaylor1 4 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I am truly baffled as to why this show has received so many five star reviews. With a new cast, the acting in 1984 was shockingly bad... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 5 helpful votes

This was such an enjoyable yet confusing show at times which in many ways echos that of the book. I think the performances where amazing... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 6 helpful votes

I absolutely loved this production. Not only are the acting performances superb, but the use of all the elements - set design, sound... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 90 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Excellent Show!! The scenery is to the spot, amazing acting, they make the book come to life, you get immersed in the story. One thing... More

nativ 152 cm, 3 reviews, 1 helpful vote

We went to see the show for my boyfriend's birthday, as he really wanted to see it. Having read the book, I sort of knew what to expect.... More

hajnalkakurti 170, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

We went to see the show for my boyfriend's birthday, as he really wanted to see it. Having read the book, I sort of knew what to expect.... More

hajnalkakurti 170, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes