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1984 - casting announced

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse’s production of George Orwell’s 1984, which visits Richmond Theatre (October 22 to October 26, 2013) as part of a UK tour.

The line up includes Mark Arends (as Winston), Tim Dutton (O’Brien), Stephen Fewell (Charrington), Christopher Patrick Nolan (Martin), Matthew Spencer (Syme), Gavin Spokes (Parsons), Mandi Symonds (Mrs Parsons) and Hara Yannas (Julia).

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.

Filtering the spirit and the ambition 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.

Mark Arends is an actor, writer and director. His acting credits include Love’s Comedy (Orange Tree Theatre), Cat in the Hat and The UN Inspector (National Theatre), and Macbeth (Liverpool Everyman). His screen credits include Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll, Pride and Prejudice and Skins. Arends also wrote, directed and composed the music for the award-winning Something Very Far Away at the Unicorn Theatre.

Tim Dutton is a well known actor from both stage and screen and has enjoyed much success in the US with film credits including The Bourne Identity, Patriot Games, The Detonator and The Rendevous. He has also appeared on television in Ally McBeal (as the eponymous heroine’s love interest), Midsomer Murders, New Tricks and Harley Street. His stage work includes Sam Mendes’ productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost (CFT) and London Assurance.

Stephen Fewell’s theatre credits for Headlong include Romeo and Juliet, Enron and Paradise Lost. His credits elsewhere include Manchester Sound: The Massacre (Manchester Library Theatre), The Tempest (Barbican), Wiff Waff/Things that make no sense (Latitude/TheatreUncut), Henry IV part 1 and 2 (Bristol Old Vic) and Lady Windemere’s Fan (Royal Exchange).

Christopher Martin Nolan’s theatre work includes War Horse (National Theatre/New London Theatre), Convictions (Soho Theatre), Faith and Cold Reading (Live Theatre), Scorched (Old Vic Tunnels), Macbeth (CFT/West End/BAM), The Seagull (Royal Court Theatre) and Twelfth Night (CFT). His screen credits include That Deadwood Feeling, Macbeth and Titanic – Birth of a Legend.

Matthew Spencer, who last appeared for Headlong in Romeo and Juliet, has also appeared on stage in Sleuth and Tartuffe (Watermill Theatre), The Busy Body (Southwark Playhouse), This Happy Breed (Theatre Royal Bath), War Horse (National Theatre/New London Theatre), People are Stupid (Arcola Theatre), Nicholas Nickleby (Gielgud Theatre) and Bent (Trafalgar Studios). His screen credits include My Family and The Trap.

Gavin Spokes’ stage credits include Laurel and Hardy (Watermill Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors and She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre) and Guys and Dolls (Cadogan Hall/Royal Philharmonic). On television, he has appeared in Utopia, Hollyoaks and Obsession: Dark Desires.

Mandi Symonds’ stage credits include A Streetcar Named Desire (Liverpool Playhouse), The Knitting Circle (Soho Theatre), Real Babies (Gilded Balloon), Carrie’s War (Apollo Theatre), Amazonia and Simply Heavenly (Young Vic), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre) and Godspell (Barbican). Her television work includes Sea of Souls and Green Eyed Monster.

Hara Yannas’ theatre credits include Mare Rider and Uncle Vanya (Arcola Theatre), The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida Theatre), Pericles (Open Air Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe) and It Felt Empty (Arcola Theatre/Cleanbreak).

1984 is directed by Headlong Associate Director Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.

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