Big Brother still watching as 1984 returns to Playhouse Theatre

1984
1984. Photos by Tristram Kenton.

The hit production of George Orwell’s 1984 officially opens for a return run in London tomorrow night before heading across the pond for a brief tour.

The new adaptation, created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan for the Almeida, Nottingham Playhouse and Headlong co-production, plays back at The Playhouse Theatre.

It will star Matthew Spencer as Orwell’s Winston Smith with Janine Harouni then Hara Yannas as Julia.

The rest of the cast is: Simon Coates, Tim Dutton, Stephen Fewell, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Ben Porter, Gavin Spokes and Mandi Symonds.

All the cast members are returning to the show, having previously appeared in the touring, Almeida or West End productions.

Matthew Spencer played Syme in 2014, as well as understudying Winston Smith. All the other cast members are resuming roles they have played before.

The production premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013. In total, it has played to more than 234,000 people in Nottingham, at the Almeida Theatre, in the West End, and on two UK tours.

It’s April, 1984. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, 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.

A definitive book of the 20th century, this radical, award-winning adaptation explores surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is still relevant. .

1984 will run at the Playhouse Theatre until September 5.

2015/16 Tour Dates

September 9-26, Nottingham Playhouse
September 29-October 3, Theatre Royal, Bath
Jan-Feb 2016, The Broad Stage, Santa Monica CA, USA
Feb, American Repertory Theatre, Boston MA, USA
Mar-Apr, Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC, USA

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