1984 to embark on second UK tour after West End success

1984. Photos by Tristram Kenton.

The critically acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984, will embark on a second UK tour this autumn in a co-production with Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre.

Orwell’s classic, 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.

Filtering the spirit and the ambition of the novel through the lens of contemporary culture, this radical new staging explores surveillance culture, identity and how thinking you can fly might actually be the first step to flying.

1984. Photos by Tristram Kenton.

The full cast is Tim Dutton (O’Brien), Steven Elder (Charrington), Andre Flynn (Martin), Janine Harouni (Julia), Ben Porter (Syme), George Potts (Parsons), Matthew Spencer (Winston) and Mandi Symonds (Mrs Parsons).

1984 was one of Headlong’s most acclaimed and commercially successful tours in recent history, having had its world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013.

Nominated for an Olivier award in the Best New Play category, the play performed a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, before transferring to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre where it continues to receive critical acclaim.

It has also been a commercial success with the West End run recouping after 10 weeks.

Due to unprecedented demand, the production announced in June a 5 week extension until 23 August prior to the tour.

1984 is adapted and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.

Tour venues/Dates

29 August-6 September, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
9-13 September, Theatre Royal Plymouth
16-20 September, Theatre Royal York
23-27 September, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
30 September–4 October, The Grand Theatre, Blackpool
7-11 October, The Nuffield, Southampton
14-18 October, Northcott Theatre, Exeter
21-25 October, Cambridge Arts Theatre.

Watch the trailer to the West End production:

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