George Orwell’s 1984 Comes to Broadway!

By April 4, 2017 Culture, 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.




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