Headlong & Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company



5 - 9 November


£15 - £25
Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price
Pre-order programmes: £2.50

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Post-show talk: 7 November

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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.

Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell's fiction is often said to be our reality. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a new staging exploring surveillance, identity and how thinking you can fly might actually be the first step to flying.

This major 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.

In an age of mass surveillance, 'total' policing and GPS tracking, 1984 is as relevant now as it ever was.

From Headlong, the company who brought us the outstanding Medea last year.

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Pre-order programmes: £2.50 (£3.50 on the night)


Age guidance 14+

This production includes gunshots and scenes that some audience members might find distressing.

Headlong observes best practise in animal welfare.

Show Times

1984 - Theatre 1  
Tuesday 5 November 7.30pm
Wednesday 6 November 7.30pm
Thursday 7 November 7.30pm
Friday 8 November 7.30pm
Saturday 9 November 7.30pm


Blazing with clinical, spine-tingling finesse. It points us back to the novel, revealing it as fully fit-for-purpose in the 21st century, and quite possibly timeless.” ***** Daily Telegraph

This is a staging that reconsiders a classic with such steely power that it chills brain, blood and bone.” ***** The Times

A superbly handled multimedia speculation on the nature of truth that never lets the audience off the hook.” *****The Guardian

Cast & Team

By: George Orwell

A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan

Designer: Chloe Lamford

Lighting Designer: Natasha Chivers

Sound Designer: Tom Gibbons

Video Designer: Tim Reid  

Cast: Mark Arends, Tim Dutton, Stephen Fewell, Christopher Martin Nolan, Matthew Spencer, Gavin Spokes, Mandi Symonds, Hara Yannas


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