A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
By George Orwell
Tickets £8 - £32
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 a radical new staging exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.
Previews Sat 8 February - Wed 12 February
Evening performances 7.30pm
Wednesday matinees 2.30pm on 26 Feb & 12 Mar
Saturday matinees 2.30pm from Sat 15 Feb
Note that the Saturday Matinee on 29 Mar begins at 4pm.
Talkback Mon 17 March (post performance)
Supporters' Evening Mon 10 March
Thu 27 Feb 7.30pm
Wed 12 Mar 2.30pm
AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
Sat 22 Mar 2.30pm
(Touch Tour at 12.45pm)
Mark trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
For the Almeida: Marianne Dreams.
Theatre includes: Love’s Comedy and Alison’s House (Orange Tree Theatre); Macbeth, The May Queen and Urban Legend (Liverpool Everyman); Something Very Far Away (Unicorn); Beauty and the Beast, The UN Inspector and A Dream Play (National Theatre); The Cat in the Hat (National Theatre / Young Vic / Théâtre de la Ville);The Glass Menagerie, Henry V; What Every Woman Knows (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Hallelujah (Theatre503);Vieux Carré (Library Theatre, Manchester); Early Bird (Royal Court); Fierce: an Urban Myth (Grid Iron / Traverse Theatre) Tamburlaine the Great (Rose).
Television includes: New Trick; Doctors; Skins; The Innocence Project; Silent Witness; The Bill; Casualty; Holby City.
Film includes: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll; Pride and Prejudice.
Mark recently wrote, directed and composed the original music for Something Very Far Away (Unicorn/on tour; nominated for the TMA and Off West End Theatre Award winner of Best Show for Young People). His next project, At the End of Everything Else, can be seen at the Unicorn next year.
★★★★★ It is hugely ambitious to put this dystopia on stage…. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have pulled off something tremendous… Artistic Director Rupert Goold is making the Almeida essential again.
★★★★★ Brilliant… creates a dynamic response that strips away complacency and plays on those creeping anxieties about trust, manipulation and freedom.
★★★★★ A chilling, relentlessly ingenious 100 minutes.
★★★★★ A horrifyingly sensual experience…crushingly powerful stuff.
★★★★★ A brilliantly imaginative adaptation
★★★★ It is no mean feat to offer a new perspective on a familiar work. That, however, is what Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan...have ingeniously done.
★★★★ A rigorous and prodigiously confident reimagining of Orwell’s dystopian nightmare… Chloe Lamford’s design explodes into an onslaught of fierce light and buzzing energy… stunning.
The running time is approximately 1 hour and 41 minutes without an interval.