Theatrical adaptation of Orwells 1984 to open at the Almeida

Date Posted: 25/10/2013

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 will open at the Almeida Theatre on 8th February, and is set to run until 29th March.

Originally produced by Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse, 1984 had its world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse in September and has enjoyed a successful UK tour, which will culminate at West Yorkshire Playhouse on 16th November.

The cast will remain with the production for the Almeida run, comprising Mark Arends, Tim Dutton, Stephen Fewell, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Matthew Spencer, Gavin Spokes, Mandi Symonds and Hara Yannas.

What is 1984 about?

Published in 1949, the novel has been described as one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind-control.

Filtering the spirit and the ambition of the novel through the lens of contemporary culture, the new staging explores surveillance culture and identity.

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