Headlong’s highly acclaimed British adaptation of George Orwell’s famously chilling novel 1984 returned to London for a limited season last year, and with Olivier Award-winning director Robert Icke and Olivier Award-nominee Duncan Macmillan, are now bring the production to Broadway where it is now playing at the Hudson TheatreNew York.
Originally premiering at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2013, 1984 has enjoyed international tours and returns once more to the West End for 12 weeks beginning in June, at the Playhouse Theatre London. 1984 is the smash-hit exploration of a dangerous and damning society, which remains frighteningly relevant today.
Published in 1949, Orwell’s darkly dystopian novel continues to be highly pertinent and is often described as the definitive text of the 20th century, examining the detrimental effects of surveillance, identity and control. 1984 follows a group of historians as they discover Winston Smith’s diary and must determine whether it is fictional or a sinister snapshot of reality. Ministry of Truth employee, Winston, lives in a controlling world, where an invasive government and Big Brother keep a close and watchful eye on their citizens. When Winston suddenly falls in love, he finds himself beginning to think independently and soon must face the consequences.
Reed Birney – O’Brien
Tom Sturridge – Winston Smith
Olivia Wilde – Broadway Debut Julia
Wayne Duvall – Broadway Debut Parsons
Carl Hendrick Louis – Martin / Martin
Nick Mills – Syme
Michael Potts – Charrington
Cara Seymour – Broadway Debut Mrs. Parsons
Produced by Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin
Written by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
Based on the novel by George Orwell
Directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
Scenic Design by Chloe Lamford
Costume Design by Chloe Lamford
Lighting Design by Natasha Chivers
Sound Design by Tom Gibbons
Video Design by Tim Reid