Our autumn season begins very soon with a new staging of one of the most influential novels in recent history, 1984. This is a co-production with Headlong, our second in as many years following the success of Romeo & Juliet in spring 2012.
Published in 1949, George Orwell’s 1984 still resonates today, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind control. Sales of the book have increased significantly since the Edward Snowden / National Security Agency revelations earlier this year; an indication that Orwell’s book is as ‘lucid and vigorous as the day it was written’ (Time).
Rehearsals for the show are well underway and we are pleased to announce the ensemble cast will be led by Mark Arends as Winston Smith. Mark’s acting credits include Cat in the Hat (National Theatre), Macbeth (Liverpool Everyman) and The UN Inspector (National Theatre). Television and film credits include Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll, Pride and Prejudice and Skins. Alongside Arends, will be Tim Dutton as O’Brien. Tim has enjoyed much success in the US with film credits including The Bourne Identity and Patriot Games. His many television roles include Ally McBeal, Midsomer Murders, New Tricks and Harley Street. Tim’s stage roles include Sam Mendes’ productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost (CFT) and London Assurance.
Also included in the cast are Stephen Fewell (Romeo and Juliet, Enron and Paradise Lost, Headlong), Christopher Martin Nolan (War Horse, National Theatre/New London, The Seagull, Royal Court), Matthew Spencer (Romeo and Juliet, Headlong, War Horse, National Theatre/New London, My Family, BBC, The Trap, BBC), Gavin Spokes (One Man Two Guvnors, National Theatre, She Stoops to Conquer, National Theatre, Utopia, Channel 4, Hollyoaks, Channel 4), Mandi Symonds (A Streetcar Named Desire, Liverpool Playhouse, Sea of Souls, BBC, Green Eyed Monster, ITV), and Hara Yannas (Mare Rider, Arcola, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Globe).
Following its premiere at Nottingham Playhouse, 1984 will embark on a ten-week UK tour, travelling to Oxford Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, Warwick Arts Centre, Richmond Theatre, Liverpool Everyman, Sherman Cymru and West Yorkshire Playhouse.
For more information about 1984 and to book tickets click here.