Video and photo gallery: Headlong’s 1984 returns to the West End


April, 1984.13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.

The Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production of George Orwell’s 1984 returns to the Playhouse Theatre in June for a third West End run.

The award-winning production, adapted and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, starts previews on June 14, with a press night on June 28. The run will continue until September 3.

Published in 1949, Orwell’s novel provides a chilling depiction of perpetual war, governmental surveillance and public mind control. It paints a picture of unease, suspicion and fear which, when I saw it last year, I felt is conveyed to great effect in this adaptation.

Every performance will have 101 seats available for just £19.84 – well worth a punt. Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 8 from, or direct from the box office (0844 871 7631 for the Playhouse box office; alternatively, 020 7359 4404 for the Almeida box office).

Below is a gallery of images of the 2015 West End company. All photos are by Manuel Harlan.




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