A new adaptation of 1984 by George Orwell created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan. An Almeida Theatre, Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse co-production.
Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece is showing at the Almeida Theatre from 8th February – 29th March 2014.
Robert Icke has recently joined new Artistic Director, Rupert Goold, at the Almeida where he will be Associate Director. Robert was previously Associate Director at Headlong where he worked with Rupert to conceive and develop Decade, directed Boys by Ella Hickson and a UK tour of Romeo and Juliet. Elsewhere his theatre credits include The Alchemist at Liverpool Playhouse and Catalysta at Ovalhouse.
1984 is written and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons and video designed by Tim Reid. In the first place produced by Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse, 1984 had its world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse in September and has enjoyed a tremendously successful UK tour, which will culminate at West Yorkshire Playhouse on 16th November. The entire cast will continue with the production for the Almeida run: Mark Arends, Tim Dutton, Stephen Fewell, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Matthew Spencer, Gavin Spokes, Mandi Symonds and Hara Yannas.
George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its alarming portrayal of endless war, pervasive government surveillance and constant public mind-control. Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality.
Filtering the spirit and the aspiration 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 will conclude a trilogy of co-productions between the Almeida and Headlong that began with Chimerica, which opened at the Almeida in May of this year and recently played a sell-out run in the West End. The companies are currently co-producing American Psycho, directed by Rupert Goold, which begins at the Almeida on 3rd December 2013.
Public Booking for 1984 opens on 5th November 2013
Regular performances are Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm. Saturday matinees are at 2.30pm (from 15 February) except for Saturday 29 March which is at 4pm.
Weekday matinees are Wednesday 26 February and Wednesday 12 March at 2.30pm.
For further information visit Website www.almeida.co.uk
Saturday 26th October 2013