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1984 - Richmond Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HEADLONG and Nottingham Playhouse’s production of George Orwell’s 1984 will visit Richmond Theatre (October 22 to October 26, 2013) as part of a UK tour.

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him – and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye.

This new production explores the world inside Winston Smith’s head, as well as the world without, and catches the euphoria and bliss buried deep underneath the cold face of Big Brother.

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.

Headlong’s version, adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, explores why Orwell’s gaze is as applicable to the here and now as it ever was.

Headlong’s previous productions include Faustus, Six Characters in Search of an Author, King Lear, Medea and Romeo and Juliet.

The tour begins at Nottingham Playhouse (September 13 to September 28, 2013) before continuing to Oxford, Salisbury, Warwick, Richmond, Liverpool, Cymru and Leeds.