Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s award-winning and critically acclaimed 5-star adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984 will embark on a third tour this Autumn, returning to Nottingham Playhouse, where the show originally premiered in 2013 and then to Bath, following this the production will travel to Australia for the Melbourne Festival and then to the US in 2016 performing in California, Boston and Washington.  

This hugely successful production has now been seen by over a quarter of a million people and is currently playing to packed house at London’s Playhouse Theatre for the second time, where the show will run until 5 September 2015.


April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.


Filtering the spirit and the ambition of the novel through the lens of contemporary culture, this radical new staging for the first time is informed by the appendix of Orwell’s definitive book, as it explores surveillance culture, identity and how thinking you can fly might actually be the first step to flying.


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.


The full cast is Tim Dutton (O’Brien), Simon Coates (Parson), Stephen Fewell (Charrington), Patrick Nolan (Christopher), Ben Porter (Syme), Matthew Spencer (Winston), Mandi Symonds (Mrs Parsons) and Janine Harouni (Julia).


1984 is one of Headlong’s most acclaimed and commercially successful shows in recent history, having had its world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan were recipients of the Best Director Award in the UK Theatre Awards in 2014. It was also nominated for an Olivier award in the Best New Play category. The play performed a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, before transferring to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre in 2014 and 2015 where it continues to receive critical acclaim whilst also being a commercial success with the West End run.

Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre present


By George Orwell

Adapted and created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan

Set and costume designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting designed by Natasha Chivers, sound designed by Tom Gibbons and video designed by Tim Reid.

Listing and Tour information


Wednesday 9 to Saturday 26 September 2015

Nottingham Playhouse

Tickets: 0115 941 9419


29 September to Saturday 3 October

Bath Theatre Royal

Tickets: 01225 448844
Jan-Feb 2016 – The Broad Stage, Santa Monica CA, USA

Feb 2016 – American Repertory Theatre, Boston MA, USA

Mar-Apr 2016 – Shakespeare theatre, Washington DC, USA

Image credit : Manuel Harlan