George Orwell

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  • 26 - 29 Apr
    Thu, 8pm
    Fri, 7.45pm
    Sat & Sun, 3pm & 8pm
  • Esplanade Theatre

  • (1h 45m, no intermission)

     $35*, $60*, $80

    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors
    Limited student tickets at $10

    Tote Board Arts Grant
    All Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost. 

    Rating: Advisory (Some Mature Content)                
    This production contains flashing lights, strobe effects, loud noises, gunshots, and graphic depictions of violence and torture.  Recommended for 13 years and above. 




George Orwell

A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan

Orwell’s fiction has become our reality: Big Brother is watching.

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching. Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical and much-lauded staging of the literary classic explores surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

A literary masterpiece meets sheer theatrical ambition as one of the 20th century’s greatest novels is given new life by some of the British theatre’s fastest rising stars. 1984. Book now. Big Brother is watching!


"Brilliant!" - ★★★★★ Einancial Times, UK 

"Remarkable! Rendered with clinical spine-tingling finesse." - ★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph, UK

"Never lets the audience off the hook." - ★★★★★ The Guardian, UK

"Crushingly powerful stuff!" - ★★★★★ Time Out London

"A chilling, ingenious 101 minutes" - ★★★★★ The Times, UK

"Orwell's '1984' has never seemed so current and terrifying" - Los Angeles Times

"This is a production of sharp ingenuity and jolting dramatic clout" - The Telegraph

"Chilling, Ingenious 100 minutes. I urge you to see this stunning show" - The Times


Creative Team
Co-Adaptor / Director  Robert Icke & Duncan MacMillan
Designer  Chloe Lamford
Lighting Designer  Natasha Chivers
Sound Designer  Tom Gibbons
Video Designer Tim Reid
Associate Director (Australia) Corey McMahon
Associate Lighting Designer Marc Gough
Associate Sound Designer Richard Bell
Associate Video Designer Ian Valkeith
Assistant Director Shannon Rush
Voice & Dialect Coach (Australian Tour 2017) Simon Stollery
Voice & Dialect Coach (Auckland season) Tiffany Knight

Production Team
Producers Torben Brookman
Richelle Brookman
Associate Producer  Zac Tyler
Executive Producer (Headlong)
Executive Producer (STCSA)
Henny Finch
Rob Brookman 
Production Manager & Associate Lighting Designer Gavin Norris
Production Manager (Headlong)  Cath Bates

House Programme

1984 is a Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production, presented by Singapore International Festival of Arts, GWB Entertainment in association with State Theatre Company of South Australia.

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(Photos by Shane Reid)