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17th Jul 2014 - 9th Aug 2014

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13th Sep 2013 - 29th Mar 2014

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Chimerica triumphs at the 2014 Olivier Awards

Taking home all five awards that it was nominated for, Chimerica triumphed at the 2014 Olivier Awards.

Best New Play - Lucy Kirkwood

Best Director - Lyndsey Turner

Best Set Design - Es Devlin

Best Lighting Design  - Tim Lutkin & Finn Ross (shared with Paul Pyant and Jon Driscoll for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Best Sound Design - Carolyn Downing (shared with Gareth Owen for Merrily We Roll Along

Spring Awakening Reviewed

'The most thrilling adaptation of Spring Awakening I have ever seen ... Ben Kidd’s touring production brims with the Headlong company’s trademark chutzpah.'

 ★ ★ ★ ★ 

 FINANCIAL TIMES

'In Headlong's searing update, Wedekind's 1891 "children's tragedy" seems both crazy fresh and as old as time.'

 ★ ★ ★ ★ 

THE SUNDAY TIMES

'Ben Kidd's ingenious production makes this often censored play newly wild and newly convincing... It's hard to imagine a stronger cast of young actors... Tremendously effective.'

 ★ ★ ★ ★

THE OBSERVER

'Anya Reiss has taken Wedekind’s original way ahead of its time... It works brilliantly.'

★ ★ ★ ★
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1984 transfers to the West End

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.

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1984 - Rehearsal Diaries

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?

Spring Awakening

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.

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Spring Awakening Playlist

Listen to the soundtrack from the show.

1984 at the Almeida Reviewed

 

'It is doubleplusgood. It's not easy to make something vividly dramatic from a novel of ideas. This pulls it off in style.'

★ ★ ★ ★★
THE TIMES

'Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have pulled off something tremendous'
★ ★ ★ ★★
THE OBSERVER

'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.'
★ ★ ★ ★★
FINANCIAL TIMES

'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.'
★ ★ ★ ★★
TIME OUT

'Brilliantly imaginative adaptation of George Orwell's great dystopian novel'
★ ★ ★ ★★
WHAT'S ON STAGE


Oliver Johnstone on playing Melchior

Oliver Johnstone talks about playing the part of Melchior in Spring Awakening.

1984 Digital Double

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.*

www.digital-double.com

 

*Best viewed on an iPhone or Android phone or using a Chrome or Safari browser.

The Nether

“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.

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Spring Awakening- tech week

Walking out onto the stage for the first time you become very aware of the number of seats in the auditorium. In the rehearsal room the observers sit right in front of the actors, but in the Courtyard Theatre they will also be sat ten rows back, on the sides and up in the gallery. These seats mean Technical Rehearsals begin with a heightened awareness of the experience we want our audiences to have.

Surveillance

Dr. Btihaj Ajana is interviewed in her university office.

Dr Btihaj Ajana discusses surveillance in contemporary society and its relationship to the image of the surveillance state imagined by George Orwell in 1984

To find out more surveillance in contemporary society and its relationship to the image of the surveillance state imagined by George Orwell in 1984, watch the full length version of this video at www.digital-double.com.

Ben Kidd on Frank Wedekind

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.

Ideology

Ideology shapes the way that we think and behave as members of society. An ideology is a set of conscious and unconscious ideas and beliefs that a group of people hold about the way that the world works. These ideas shape their sense of what is right and wrong. They shape their sense of what is normal and abnormal behaviour. They define their ambitions and their goals. At a deeper level, they shape their sense of reality.

Emerging Directors

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.

1984

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.

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