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A man in a dark suit. Above his chin, his head dissolves into nothingness.
1984 Branding

By George Orwell. A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.


1984 Trailer - West End 2016

By George Orwell. A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.

Sonia Friedman Productions and Eleanor Lloyd Productions present the Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production of 1984

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

Orwell's ideas have become our ideas; his fiction is often said to be our reality. The "definitive book of the 20th century" (The Guardian) is re-examined in this radical and much lauded staging exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell's vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

The international 5-star smash hit production of Orwell's dystopian masterpiece 1984 returns to the West End. Now seen by over a quarter of a million people, theatre's most powerful event has just returned from an international tour. Don't miss out.

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (Copyright, 1949) by permission of Bill Hamilton as the Literary Executor of the Estate of the Late Sonia Brownell Orwell, in a new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan


  • I wrote last night that there is such a thing as truth. Facts are facts. Reality is reality. Two plus two makes four.
  • ★★★★★ Pitilessly brilliant The Guardian
  • ★★★★★ A remarkable, radical touring version for Headlong blazing with clinical, spine-tingling finesse. The Telegraph
  • ★★★★★ This is a staging that reconsiders a classic with such steely power that it chills brain, blood and bone. The Times