Last chance to see critically acclaimed 1984

15 September 2016


  • Last chance to see critically acclaimed 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre
  • Final performance on 29 October
  • More than 380,000 people have now seen the production

Audiences have just six weeks left to see the critically acclaimed Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production of 1984. Since opening at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2013, the production has played almost 700 performances across the globe and, by the end of this run, over 380,000 people will have seen the show. Directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, the limited run at the Playhouse Theatre must end on 29 October 2016.

To date, George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece has played to packed houses at the Almeida Theatre, during national and (sold-out) international tours across the globe, and most recently a third hugely successful run in the West End. Adapted by Olivier Award-winner Robert Icke and Olivier Award-nominee Duncan Macmillan, George Orwell’s canonical work returned to the Playhouse Theatre this year on 14 June with an entirely new cast. Over 30% of the tickets for the run so far have been sold at the accessible price of £19.84.

The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. This dynamic, innovative production connects Orwell’s bleak vision of the future with the present day, drawing striking parallels to our own uncertain political landscape.  

1984 is directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, set and costume is designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting designed by Natasha Chivers, sound designed by Tom Gibbons and video designed by Tim Reid.

The cast includes Rudi Dharmalingam, Rosie Ede, Andrew Gower, Joshua Higgott, Hilton McRae, Anthony O’Donnell, Daniel Rabin and Catrin Stewart, alongside Eve Benioff Salama, Cleopatra Dickens, Amber Fernee and India Fowler who alternate the role of Child.

Also making up the company, as understudies: Gerard Gilroy, Thom Petty and Ingrid Schiller.

George Orwell’s 1984, 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.  Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality.