1984, George Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a dark, totalitarian future, is coming to Broadway in a strangely timely production this June.
Producers Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin have joined forces to import the hit London stage adaptation, jointly written and co-directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, which will open a limited engagement at the Hudson Theatre on June 22, making it the first announced production of the 2017–18 Broadway season. The first preview date is yet to be announced.
This production originated at Nottingham Playhouse in 2013 and transferred to the Almeida Theatre in London in February 2014 for the first of four engagements there.
Based on Orwell’s 1949 novel that introduced the phrases, “Ignorance is strength,” “doublethink,” "Ministry of Truth,” and “Big Brother is watching you,” the novel has returned to the best-seller list this winter in light of recent political developments, and is currently the No. 1 selling title on Amazon.com. Orwell's original novel is known for its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, and incessant public mind-control.
The book has been adapted to film and television several times, notably in 1956 with Edmond O‘Brien and in 1984 with John Hurt.
The Broadway 1984 will feature the full London creative team, including Chloe Lamford (scenic and costume design), Natasha Chivers Gibbons (sound design), and Tim Reid (video design).
Ticket information and casting will be announced shortly.
The Hudson Theatre is scheduled to relight this month with a limited run of Sunday in the Park with George, which is scheduled to conclude April 23.