George Orwell's 1984 to Return to West End's Playhouse Theatre in June | Playbill

News George Orwell's 1984 to Return to West End's Playhouse Theatre in June 1984, a stage version of George Orwell's book created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, is to return to the West End's Playhouse Theatre, where it previously played in 2014 after originating at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013 and subsequently receiving its London premiere at the Almeida. It will begin performances June 12, prior to an official opening June 18, for a 12-week run that is booking through Sept. 5.

The Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production is being brought to the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions and Eleanor Lloyd Productions.

At each performance 101 seats will be available for £19.84. Casting is still to be announced.

The 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.

Set in April, 1984, the story follows Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, who thinks a thought and starts a diary. But Big Brother is always watching, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. It's set in a future that never came true...or did it?

The production is written and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, with set and costumes designed by Chloe Lamford, lighting designed by Natasha Chivers, sound designed by Tom Gibbons and video designed by Tim Reid. 

Following the West End, it will tour again to Nottingham and Bath, before travelling to America for dates in Santa Monica, Boston and Washington DC between January and April 2016.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7631 or 020 7359 4404; or visit

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