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    Depressingly relevant and brilliantly discomfiting
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1984 tickets

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.

Performance dates: 24 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (No Interval)

Age recommendation: Suitable for ages 14+

Special notice: 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.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: 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.

Latest audience reviews

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

fifilou Top 100 reviewer25 Mar 2017

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 especially by the lead male Andrew Gower who really held the character Winston perfectly for me. The play was intense and heartfelt and was an interesting and clever adaptation of the book!

fifilou Top 100 reviewer25 Mar 2017
kissmypegs 22 Jan 2018
billiemariee Top 200 reviewer02 Jul 2017

We went to see the show for my boyfriend's birthday, as he really wanted to see it. Having read the book,... More

hajnalkakurti 02 Jan 2017

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. The show itself was brilliant, would highly recommend. Something a bit different from the musicals playing at West End.

hajnalkakurti 02 Jan 2017

We went to see the show for my boyfriend's birthday, as he really wanted to see it. Having read the book,... More

hajnalkakurti 02 Jan 2017

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. The show itself was brilliant, would highly recommend. Something a bit different from the musicals playing at West End.

hajnalkakurti 02 Jan 2017
maheshgami Top 200 reviewer14 Jan 2018
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