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.




10 Literary Pet Peeves

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BBC Radio 4’s Open Book asked their listeners for their ‘literary pet peeves’. What really annoys you when you read a book? For me, it has to be lazy or dull writing and overuse of similes and metaphors.

Open Book’s guests on the 20th of June 2017 were literary critic Peter Kemp and historical crime novelist Antonia Hodgson. They were asked about the literary devices that make their cringe glands flare up. Their answers included stories told through a foggy memory, or animal narrators.

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Word of the Day – Chimaera

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Chimaera (noun) (also Chimera)

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(in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. (modern biology) An organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation.

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek khimaira ‘she-goat or chimaera’.

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New John Green Novel Coming October 2017

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John Green is one of the best known YA authors of our time and is responsible for tearjerkers such as Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, breaking the hearts of an entire generation. However, it’s been a while since we had a full length novel, the last The Fault in Our Stars was out in 2012, five years ago!

All that changed this week with the news that there’s a brand new full length novel coming from John Green this October, his first for five years! Turtles All the Way Down will be out on October 10th of this year and although there’s not yet a cover reveal, it is available for pre-order now. Read More

4 Bookish Kickstarter Campaigns to Get Excited About!

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Kickstarter is a crowdfunding corporation founded in 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler. The company is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is focussed on creative projects such as films, comics, journalism, literature, and video games.

It has kickstarted (oh! I see where they got the name from now!) many excellent projects you may have heard of, and a few you may not have. We have gathered a handful of the best literature-based projects out now, or made possible, thanks to Kickstarter. Just click on the heading of each campaign to take you to the corresponding Kickstarter page, or find the Amazon links below each book.

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Emma Watson Hiding More Books, Paris This Time

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Last November, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson joined the Books on the Underground movement, leaving feminist books on London Underground trains and stations, and now she’s back to her novel hiding ways, this time in Paris.

Watson played book loving Hermione Granger and has continued to carry the torch for book lovers ever since. Her feminist book club Our Shelf Shelf is turning out to be a global phenomenon, and with her Book Fairies initiative and the Books on the Underground movement, she making quite an impact on book lovers. Read More

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