George Orwell’s 1984 Comes to Broadway!

By April 4, 2017Culture, Literary Events

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.




Obama Reveals What He’s Been Reading Prior to Visiting Africa

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For the first time since he left office, the former President of the United States, Barack Obama, has returned to Africa where he spent time in both Kenya (his ancestral home) and South Africa. There he met 200 young leaders from all over the continent and made a speech to commemorate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

Prior to his visit, Obama published a post on his official Facebook page where he wrote about his love for his ancestral home, and revealed what books he’s been reading in the build up to his trip. As you would expect, the books are from and about the continent of Africa and show what a diverse, historic, sometimes troubled, but also extraordinary continent it is. Not only has Obama recommended the books, but also provided a quick insight as to why he found them interesting. Read More

James Joyce’s love letters are guaranteed to scar you for life.

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James Joyce wrote some fascinating and disturbing love letters to his ‘dirty little fuckbird’, Nora Barnacle, back in 1904. We tried to hint at the content of these perverted correspondence in Kath’s James Joyce facts blog but couldn’t bring ourselves to print any of the very raunchy bits.

To be perfectly frank, we still can’t pluck up the courage to even copy and paste some passages. All we can do is show you a snippet with the worst edited out, and send the most curious of you over to The Paris Review so you can see the depravity for yourself. Prepare yourself… It is a little nauseating.

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10 More Humorous Reviews of Classic Novels

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A few months ago, we posted an article about 10 amusing reviews of classic books from Harry Potter to Wuthering Heights. A quick look on Amazon will reveal that there are plenty of funny reviews to be found for classic books, some serious, some genuine, but all worth a chuckle. We’ve taken another look and found ten more reviews of classic books that made us smile. Read More

If The Office did Shakespeare, it would be hilariously awkward

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Have you ever wondered if there was a way to make Shakespeare shorter and more accessible?

Elodie from SparkNotes has made it her life’s mission to create smart and funny ways to bring Shakespeare into the this modern world of instant gratification. Drawing from her extensive knowledge of the bard, and her deep love for the cringe-worthy comedy The Office (US), Elodie has created something beautiful.

Here is Shakespeare’s work as you have never seen before.

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A. J. Cronin, Surgeon, Fisherman, Novelist

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Archibald Joseph Cronin, better known to readers as A. J Cronin (19th July 1896 – 6th January 1981) was a Scottish novelist best known for novels such as The Citadel, Vigil in the Night, and The Green Years. However, Cronin was so much more than just a novelist and lived a full and exciting life.

Born in Cardross, Dunbartonshire, Scotland in 1896, Cronin was an only child of a protestant mother and a catholic father. This life experience showed through in his writing and he often wrote of young men from similarly mixed backgrounds. He would go on in his life to be a prolific novelist, averaging 5,000 words a day and publishing more than 30 books during his life, but he was so much more than just a writer.
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