George Orwell’s 1984 Comes to Broadway!

George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 has once again become very popular in recent times and, with that increase in popularity, the story recaptured people in a new and inspired way.

It was created in 2014 by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan who jointly adapted the famous novel for London Playhouse Theatre. Their distillation of Orwell’s message was well received by critics, despite some reservations about such a famous story being brought to life for the modern era, and the rich, detailed dramatisation will soon be making its way to Broadway, in the USA.

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The stage play is set to open at the Hudson Theatre on June 22 with previews happening in May. It will be driven by the creative force of producers Sonia Freidman and Scott Rudin, along with their team: scene and costume designer Chloe Lamford, lighting designer Natasha Chivers, sound designer Tom Gibbons and video designer Tim Reid. 

The cast has been announced and among them will be Tony winner Reed Birney in the role of O’Brien, and Tony nominee Tom Sturridge playing Winston Smith. There is exciting news for fans of Tron: Legacy (2010), or the TV series House, as the actress set to play Julia is the wonderful Olivia Wilde. We wish her the best of luck in her Broadway debut!

If any of our Reading Addicts are lucky enough to see it performed on Broadway, or saw it run at the West End in London, we would love to know what you thought. Send us a comment below, or on our Facebook page.




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A few months ago Disney announced that they’d be adapting the classic sci-fi A Wrinkle in Time and released a small first trailer to give a taste of what was to come. All we knew at that point was that the film was marked for a spring 2018 release but this week, Disney have released a first trailer for the movie, and we have a release date too!

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Resipiscence (noun)

resi-pisns

Originally: repentance for misconduct; recognition of one’s past misdeeds or errors. Later also: the action or fact of coming to one’s senses, or of returning to a more acceptable opinion.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Norton (d. 1584), lawyer and writer. From Middle French resipiscence (French résipiscence) action or fact of coming to one’s senses or of returning to a more acceptable opinion, repentance for misconduct or its etymon post-classical Latin resipiscentia repentance from classical Latin resipīscent-, resipīscēns, present participle of resipīscere to regain consciousness, to become sane again, to recover one’s reason, to come to one’s senses again, to see reason + -ia; compare -ence. Compare Spanish resipiscencia, Italian resipiscenza.

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Kafka was a shy and introverted character, and an avid reader. He considered writers such as Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, and Heinrich Von Kleist to be “true blood brothers”. Kafka’s father expected him to take over the family goods business, however, after completing a degree in Law he worked for insurance companies, and started an asbestos factory with an acquaintance. He claimed to despise working just to pay bills and would much rather have spent his time writing. Illness plagued him through his adult life, with complications arising from tuberculosis keeping him from joining the military.

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Michael Rosen and Tony Ross Recreate a Christmas Classic

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“This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of “A Christmas Carol”, the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it’s likely his father won’t stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story’s message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father’s distracted heart?”

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