1984 returns to the West End

Tuesday 5th April 2016

Following a sell-out international tour, our critically and publicly acclaimed co-production of 1984 with Headlong and Almeida Theatre will return to the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End this summer. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece will preview from 14 June 2016. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 8 April at 10am.

Now seen by over a quarter of a million people, 1984 premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013. Since opening, 1984 has played to packed houses at the Almeida Theatre, as well as throughout its two West End runs and in performances across the globe during national and international tours.

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.

Robert Icke has directed numerous productions as Almeida Associate Director including his own adaptations of Uncle Vanya and Oresteia (which transferred to Trafalgar Studios, and for which he won the Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director), The Fever at The May Fair Hotel and Mr Burns. Robert’s work as a director also includes Boys and Romeo and Juliet for Headlong. He will make his National Theatre debut directing The Red Barn at the Lyttleton Theatre in October.

Duncan Macmillan’s plays include People, Places and Things (nominated for 4 Olivier Awards) which opened at the National Theatre and has transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End; Every Brilliant Thing for Paines Plough on tour in the UK, New York, Australia and New Zealand; and Lungs for Paines Plough and at Schaubühne in Berlin, directed by Katie Mitchell.

ticket info

Tickets will go on sale at 10am this Friday 8 April. You can book your tickets via the Box Office at the Playhouse Theatre on 0844 871 7631 or the Almeida Theatre on. 020 7359 4404. You can also book online at www.atgtickets.com, www.headlong.co.uk or www.almeida.co.uk