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George Orwell's 1984 is an influential dystopian science fiction tale
George Orwell's 1984 is an influential dystopian science fiction tale
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Thankfully his predictions didn’t come true, but audiences can still enjoy George Orwell’s dystopian vision onstage this month.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of 1984 comes to Nuffield Theatre on October 7-11 in a co-production between Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre.

Filtering the spirit and the ambition of the novel through the lens of contemporary culture, this new show explores surveillance culture, identity and how thinking you can fly might actually be the first step to flying.

George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with a chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant mind control.

Headlong’s adaptation of 1984 is one of the company’s most acclaimed and successful tours. Nominated for an Olivier award in the Best New Play category, 1984 performed a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre before transferring to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre where it continued to receive critical acclaim and play to sell-out audiences.

There will be the opportunity to meet the cast on October 8 as part of a free event after the show.

1984 comes to the Nuffield Theatre October 7-11. Tickets: £10-£25. Visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk.