Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s 1984 is set to open on Broadway this summer. Originally produced by the Almeida, Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse, the Olivier Award-nominated production has been a theatrical phenomenon, now seen by over 400,000 people worldwide since 2014.
Based on Orwell’s iconic novel first published in 1949, the production has never felt more relevant, with interest in the title spiking in recent weeks. Nineteen Eighty-Four has risen to the top of multiple best-seller lists in the United States, leading its publisher to have tens of thousands of new copies printed as The New York Times reports in an article titled "George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Is Suddenly a Best-Seller."
The novel’s ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality. Many of the terms coined by Orwell in the book have entered the English language, with the entity of Big Brother becoming one of the most iconic literary inventions and potent symbols of the 20th century.
1984 received a nomination for Best New Play at the Olivier Awards, and won a UK Theatre Award for Best Direction. It has had three hugely successful seasons in the West End, extensive UK and US touring and international festival appearances, including a sold-out season at the 2015 Melbourne Festival and an Australian tour planned for 2017.
1984 will open at the Hudson Theater, New York on 22 June produced by Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin.
1984 is designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons and video by Tim Reid. The cast includes: Paul Blackwell, Terence Crawford, Renato Musolino, Yalin Ozucelik and Fiona Press.