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1984 returns to West End

First Published 6 April 2016, Last Updated 6 April 2016

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s hugely successful production of 1984 will return to the West End this summer following a sell-out international tour.

The innovative duo’s thrilling take on George Orwell’s classic novel will return to the Playhouse Theatre for a 12-week season from 14 June to 3 September.

Produced by Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre, the show made its world premiere at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2013 before playing to packed houses at Islington’s Almeida Theatre and in the West End where it received rave reviews for its imaginative staging.

Telling the story of Winston Smith, the production brings to life all the horror and suspense of Orwell’s dystopian classic where Big Brother is always watching.

The production arrives back in the West End in a hugely successful year for its creators. Icke won an Olivier Award earlier this week for his equally creative take on Oresteia for the Almeida, while Macmillan’s hugely successful People, Places & Things collected two awards for its leading lady Denise Gough and Sound Designer Tom Gibbons.

Taking inspiration from the book’s infamous Room 101, 101 tickets will be on sale for every performance of 1984 for £19.84. Casting is still to be announced.


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