New staging of 1984 hits the mark

Friday 20th September 2013

Following our press night on Wednesday, the reviews are rolling in for this radical new staging of one of the definitive books of the 20th century.

★★★★★ “It chills brain, blood and bone”

Sam Marlowe from The Times awarded the production five stars and leaves you in no doubt that this is a show that will leave you gasping as you leave the auditorium, but with the assurance that ‘moments of savagery and tenderness’ occur throughout.

★★★★★ “This risk-taking adaptation…is doubleplusgood”

Reviewing for The Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish, comments that this ‘radical’ and ‘remarkable’ version of 1984 manages to take George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece and put the audience in the protagonist’s shoes and at the same time make us question: ‘are we free, as he isn’t; or slaves in ways we haven’t grasped?’

★★★★★ “Brilliant”

Lyn Gardner from The Guardian comments that this production of 1984 is a ‘brilliant retelling of the doomed love affair between Winston and Julia’ and a ‘superbly handled multimedia speculation on the nature of truth.’

“Tantalisingly different”

In his review for the Nottingham Post, Dominic Howell, commented that he knew within 30 seconds that this was going to be something different. He added that the ‘thrill behind this adaptation is that it tells, in true Orwellian style, the story we all love to fear, while also surmising about the future.’

The Stage described it as a ‘theatrical tour de force that has the destructive power of an earthquake.’

Meanwhile, Adrian Bhagat from Leftlion believes that our co-production with Headlong ‘succeeds in capturing the spirit of the book brilliantly’ and adds that it is ‘exciting to watch…fast-paced…compellingly told.’

The University of Nottingham’s official student magazine, IMPACT, concluded their review saying that this was an ‘immersive, powerful production.’

1984 is a co-production with Headlong and runs until Saturday 28 September.

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Production photo by Tristram Kenton