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1984 transfers Headlong to Playhouse

Published 7 March 2014

The acclaimed Nottingham Playhouse, Headlong and Almeida Theatre production of George Orwell’s 1984 is to transfer to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre in April.

The tale of a dystopian future, currently playing at Islington’s Almeida, will run in the West End from 28 April to 19 July.

Set in a futuristic world where governmental control is absolute and even thinking the wrong thought is a crime, 1984 tells the story of Winston Smith, just an average worker who chooses to rebel against Big Brother with hideous consequences.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of the classic text, inspired by an appendix to the novel, puts a new twist on the tale, exploring the nature of truth.

When the show opened at the Almeida earlier this year, Official London Theatre said of the show: “If you like theatre that requires you to think, that rewards concentration, that tries to trick you, leads you one way then another, enjoys playfulness and still has the guts to shock, you’ll love it.”

When it moves to the Playhouse Theatre, 1984, which is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Tulchin Bartner Productions, will play on one of its most famous settings to offer 101 tickets to each performance at £19.84.

The arrival of 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre signals the end Spamalot’s run at the venue. The Monty Python musical is booking until 12 April.


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