1984 to Transfer from Almeida to West End's Playhouse Theatre

News   1984 to Transfer from Almeida to West End's Playhouse Theatre
Duncan Macmillan and Robert Icke did the adaptation.
Duncan Macmillan
Duncan Macmillan

Duncan Macmillan and Robert Icke's stage version of George Orwell's1984, , will transfer to the West End's Playhouse Theatre after its current season at the Almeida concludes March 29. 

It will begin performances at the Playhouse April 28, prior to an official opening May 8, and is currently booking through July 19.

Originally produced by Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse, this production had its world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse last September and then toured. It subsequently received its London premiere at the Almeida Theatre Feb. 13. The West End run will be produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Tulchin Barnter Productions.

The cast at the Almeida currently comprises Mark Arends, Tim Dutton, Stephen Fewell, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Matthew Spencer, Gavin Spokes, Mandi Symonds and Hara Yannas.

Orwell's original novel, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind-control.  Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality. According to press materials, this production — which filters the spirit and the ambition of the novel through the lens of contemporary culture — explores surveillance culture, identity and how thinking you can fly might actually be the first step to flying. Icke, previously associate director at Headlong with Goold, recently joined Goold as associate at the Almeida. For Headlong, he worked with Goold to conceive and develop Decade, and directed Ella Hickson's Boys and a U.K. tour of Romeo and Juliet.

The production is designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons and video designed by Tim Reid. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7631, or visit www.1984ThePlay.co.uk.

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