1984 will transfer to the West End's Playhouse Theatre from 28 April to 19 July 2014.
Tickets are now on sale via the Headlong wesbite; we are please to announce an exclusive earlybird offer available until 31 March.
Top-price tickets are available for £39.50 (standard price £52.50) for all performances until 15 May
'It is doubleplusgood. It's not easy to make something vividly dramatic from a novel of ideas. This pulls it off in style.'
★ ★ ★ ★★
'Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have pulled off something tremendous'
★ ★ ★ ★★
'Headlong’s brilliant stage version ... Rather than just tell the story, this show, written and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, creates a dynamic response that strips away complacency and plays on those creeping anxieties about trust, manipulation and freedom.'
★ ★ ★ ★★
'This extraordinary adaptation by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan for Headlong makes a virtue of the book’s internal nature... It is a troublingly, often horrifyingly sensual experience, a tech-enhanced, heavily stylised race through a mind collapsing under terrible pressure.'
★ ★ ★ ★★
'Brilliantly imaginative adaptation of George Orwell's great dystopian novel'
★ ★ ★ ★★
WHAT'S ON STAGE
Unnerving, entertaining, funny and dark, Wedekind's definitive play about youth caused riots when it exploded onto the stage in 1906 and has lost none of its provocative power.
Brought bang up to date by award-winning young playwright Anya Reiss and director Ben Kidd, this new version examines the exuberance, intensity and confusion of teenage life today. Spring Awakening asks important and pressing questions about how young people are shaped for their future by a generation that doesn't understand them.
Chimerica wins the Critics' Circle Awards for Best New Play (Lucy Kirkwood), Best Director (Lyndsey Turner) and Best Designer (Es Devlin).
In autumn 2013, Headlong collaborated with the Cultural Institute at King’s College London on a project exploring the relationship between digital technology and live performance. The final app, created to coincide with the tour of Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse’s production of 1984, interrogates the relationship between digital technology and contemporary surveillance. If Big Brother is always watching, how is he watching us now? And to what end?
Headlong and the Cultural Institute invite you to join them and a group of digital experts and innovative artists for a day of discussion panels and interactive workshops explore a wide range of questions related to the digital double project.
Get a glimpse of what's happening in Spring Awakening rehearsal room.
Is Big Brother watching you?
As you use the internet, your activity is tracked and monitored. This data is collected by organisations whose interests range from marketing to national security and is used to build up a profile of who you are based on your online activity. This is your “digital double”.
Click here to discover how Big Brother sees you.*
*Best viewed on an iPhone or Android phone or using a Chrome or Safari browser.
In any rehearsal process it is a challenge to manage the passing of time and orchestrate those points at which the many elements involved in creating a show are brought into focus. There has been an accelerated effort to do this in week four, as we prepare to leave the familiarity of the rehearsal room for the, as yet, unfamiliar Courtyard Theatre.Three weeks ago, video and sound material that seemed premature to create is created now; the plotting of props that didn’t need setting two weeks ago, are set now and adjustments to staging, that didn’t feel right to decide on last week, are decided on now.
We’re delighted to announce that we are continuing to develop the emerging director scheme in a new three-year partnership with West Yorkshire Playhouse. The programme has previously supported work from Simon Godwin, Natalie Abrahami, Robert Icke and Blanche McIntrye who recently won the TMA Award for Best Director for her critically acclaimed production of The Seagull, co-produced by Headlong and the Nuffield, in association with Derby Theatre. We are also teaming up with the JMK Trust to offer workshops and training to directors' groups at venues around the UK.
Frank Wedekind wasn’t really a playwright. Of course that makes no sense, since he wrote a whole bunch of plays, but it does have a meaning and it is possibly helpful to remember when staging Spring Awakening.
“I’ve read the studies. No one has been able to draw a conclusive correlation between virtual behaviour and behaviour in-world.”
The Nether offers complete freedom - a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire.
But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of imagination.
Bret Easton Ellis on American Psycho and his return to LA.
Since its publication in 1949, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has become one of the most popular and iconic novels of all time. It was named Britain’s eighth favourite novel in the 2003 BBC Big Read survey. It appears on countless lists of books that everyone must read, is one of the top ten most searched books on the internet and a staple of school syllabuses and reading lists across the world. In his review of 1984 for the New York Review of Books, Timothy Garton Ash calls it ‘indispensable for understanding modern history’. But how does one set about adapting a book with such a weight of cultural history and influence behind it?
Congratulations to Lucy Kirkwood on winning the Evening Standard Award Award for Best Play for Chimerica.
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.
1984 is now sold out. A limited number of day seats and returns will be available to purchase via the Almeida Theatre box office. Please click here more information.