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Until 4th September - LONDON - 1984 The Play

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1984 The Play

The international five-star smash hit production of Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984 returns to London this summer. Now seen by a quarter of a million people, theatre’s most powerful event will only run for twelve weeks until 5 September. Don’t miss out.

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


Our Conspiracy Season is a scandalous programme of plays about secrets, surveillance and the misuse of power. These include the return of our celebrated co-production with Headlong, 1984 before it embarks on a world tour, and the classic John Webster tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi.

http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/the-conspiracy-sea son/

The shows in The Conspiracy Season are:

The Rubenstein Kiss
The Duchess of Malfi
Any Means Necessary
Click through to each event to book tickets now, or call Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

The Conspiracy Pass allows Backstage Pass members to buy tickets for all four shows in the season for £75 per person. Join today…

Starting this autumn, our Conspiracy Season deals in secrets and subterfuge, as issues of surveillance and the misuse of power play out on the main stage at Nottingham Playhouse. The examination of the relationship between the individual and the state makes for four compelling dramas, and across the season we shall see this theme appear in a multitude of different guises. A vein of truth also runs through each play, as they seek to hold up a mirror to our world and encourage audiences to question the status quo.

In our season opener 1984, the struggle between the individual and the state can be seen at its most explicit through Winston Smith’s attempts to battle for free will against the might of Big Brother. Watched everywhere one goes, and the control of the Party able to be felt through every element of life, even the mere thought of opposition is illegal in this smash-hit Olivier Award-nominated production.

The ways in which 1984’s echoes are felt in the modern day are striking – as recently as 2013, the New Yorker wrote an article that asked “So are we living in 1984?” reflecting on the recent revelations by former intelligence contractor turned whistle-blower Edward Snowden:

“Thinking about Edward Snowden…it wasn’t much of a leap to imagine him and his colleagues working in some version of Oceania’s Ministry of Truth, gliding through banal office gigs whose veneer of nine-to-five technocratic normality helped to hide their more sinister reality…. Holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong, Snowden seemed, if you squinted a bit, like Orwell’s protagonist-hero Winston, had he been a bit more ambitious, and considerably more lucky, and managed to defect from Oceania to its enemy Eastasia and sneak a message to the telescreens back home.”

http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/the-conspiracy-sea son/

"The maintenance of secrets acts like a psychic poison which alienates the possessor from the community" Carl Jung
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