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1984 at the Playhouse Theatre

The Times newspaper has called it a “chilling, ingenious 100 minutes” and a “stunning show”. It’s George Orwell’s 1949 novel 1984 and it’s on stage at the Playhouse Theatre during spring and summer 2014. With a sell-out run at the Almeida under its belt, this production is set to thrill audiences in London’s theatreland, seriously creepy, totally haunting and beautifully done.

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Booking from: Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Booking until: Saturday, 29 October 2016
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (No Interval)

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This is a very special production indeed, coming your way courtesy of Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida theatre. Their version of George Orwell’s hugely popular dystopian novel 1984 transfers to the West End's Playhouse Theatre, and it’s here for a strictly limited season.

It’s time to get your skates on for a play that tells the disturbing tale of one ordinary man’s battle against a repressive totalitarian state, faceless and brutal, a culture where there’s constant electronic surveillance and the people are controlled from every angle.

In this horrid futuristic world governmental control is absolute. Even thinking the wrong thing is a crime. The resulting play is a powerful human story in its own right, a new adaptation of a book so famous it has been explored time and time again on stage and screen.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan are responsible for a production that has already been nominated for an Olivier award for Best Play, and also direct the piece. The West End version is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Tulchin Bartner Productions.

What’s the story? It’s spring 1984 and comrade 6079, AKA Winston Smith, is about to change his life forever, inspired by a single, simple thought then falling head over heels in love. But Big Brother is watching, and there’s no escape. The production is particularly radical, exploring the nature of dystopia, surveillance and personal identity through Orwell’s vision of a future we hope will never come to fruition.

The Daily Telegraph has called it, “A remarkable, radical version blazing with clinical, spine-tingling finesse.” The play has been awarded five star reviews by The Observer, Time Out, FT, Independent, Guardian and Telegraph. The signs are excellent, and it looks like Orwell’s greatest novel is as relevant today as it was fifty years ago. If not more so…

Suitable for over 14s, the play stars Mark Arends, Tim Dutton and Hara Yannas, with Stephen Fewell, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Matthew Spencer , Gavin Spokes, and Mandi Symonds.

1984 tickets – Playful and gutsy, a famous story with a new twist

If you’d like to secure 1984 cheap tickets, we offer the full range of seating types, from low cost to premium, all with excellent availability.

Age restrictions

Suitable for ages 14+

Important Information

Latecomers will not be admitted.

This production contains loud noises and flashing lights. 

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