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Playhouse Theatre, London4.186 reviews
Big Brother is always watching... in the world of 1984.

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Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, and last year's success at London's Playhouse Theatre the critically acclaimed Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production of Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984, returns to the West End's Playhouse Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Following a sell-out international tour, this critically and publicly acclaimed production of 1984 will return to the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End this summer. George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, adapted by Olivier Award-winner Robert Icke and Olivier Award-nominee Duncan Macmillan, will preview from 14 June 2016, with the press night on 28 June 2016.

Now seen by over a quarter of a million people, this Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production 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.

April, 1984.13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.
The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. 

1984 is directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, Set and Costume is designed by Chloe Lamford, with Lighting designed by Natasha Chivers, Sound designed by Tom Gibbons and Video designed by Tim Reid.

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 the Olivier Award for Best Play) 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.

★★★★★ “It is hugely ambitious to put this dystopia on stage…. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have pulled off something tremendous” The Observer 

★★★★★“Brilliant… creates a dynamic response that strips away complacency and plays on those creeping anxieties about trust, manipulation and freedom” Financial Times

★★★★★ “This stunning play is both a bold reinvention of George Orwell’s great postwar novel and remarkably faithful to it” The Times

★★★★★“A horrifyingly sensual experience, a heavily stylised race through a mind collapsing under terrible pressure… Crushingly powerful stuff” Time Out

★★★★“A rigorous and prodigiously confident reimagining of Orwell’s dystopian nightmare" Evening Standard,

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Please note, this production contains loud noises and flashing lights and latecomers will not be admitted.

Additional Information

Age restriction


Running time

1 hour 40 minutes with no interval. No latecomers admitted.

Performance dates

14 June to 29 October 2016

Special notes

Recommendation of 14 and over. Please note this production will contain loud noises and flashing lights. Latecomers will NOT be admitted. All Upper Circle seats have restricted legroom.

Venue Information

Playhouse TheatreNorthumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE

Group Pricing

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Customer Reviews

86 reviews4.1

Patrycja Skowronska30th October

I was wondering how the adaptation of the book would turn out on stage and it exceeded my expectations. Especially, the use of sound and light effects was very powerful in conveying the message.

Marja28th October

Intriguing and fascinating!

Sedar Keskin23rd October

I loved it but maybe a full summary by the cast at the end in case I missed a few details in the play but other than that it was perfect. Thank you for a great time.

christopher singleton21st October

A thought provoking and intrigueing show,,,,but not for everyone Be prepared for a loud evening

Sabrina Scollan16th October

Thought provoking play with something for everyone to takeaway. Made me want to read the book again!

Rosemary Jackson16th October

Julia wasn't a strong actress. In our seats (front and centre row of upper circle) we could not see the screens.

Chris Rowe16th October

Great show. Not enough leg room.

Arne9th October

Started a bit dull, became much better

Sil Mcilveen7th October

I was upset that someone sitting in front of me was on their phone txting or other - surely ushers should approach these people and tell them to leave

JULIE5th October

I thought it was a thought provoking and riveting interpretation of 1984. It was especially enjoyable to see it with almost an entire audience of teenagers and young adults.To see their reactions to Big Brother and the themes that are still relevant today was very interesting. You could see the shock and horror in their faces during certain scenes. People say that youth aren't connected to their worlds, but you could tell they were riveted by the play which only made it more intense to watch and also grateful that they are still paying attention.

Margaret Chisolm29th September

Great acting but adaptation to stage didn't quite work for me. Despite (or maybe because of) having just re-read the book, story was confusing, especially early scenes. Liked the multimedia aspects but would have preferred seeing the actors, with videotaped images above.

Miss ER26th September

A fabulous piece of theatre. Well written, loyal to the book as much as contemporary and relevant in its adaptation, great performances and directing. Outstanding performance from leading actor. A production we are highly recommending.