Fresh take on Orwell’s tale

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Nottingham Playhouse is to stage a theatre production of arguably the definitive book of the 20th century.

The next major production at the theatre is to be George Orwell’s 1984, which can be seen there from September 13-28 , in a new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.

This is to be a radical reworking by theatre company Headlong, and the production is being directed by Robert Icke.

It is April 1984. Comrade 6079 Winston Smith thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love.

But Big Brother is watching and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye.

This major new production will explore the world inside Winston Smith’s head, as well as the world outside it and catches the euphoria and bliss that is buried deep underneath the cold face of Big Brother.

In an age of mass surveillance, 1984 remains as relevant now as it was when it was written, 65 years ago.

1984 was written by George Orwell (the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair) in the years immediately following the Second World War.

Themes and phrases from the novel such as Big Brother and Room 101 have entered the mainstream consciousness and it remains a key work of 20thliterature, as thought provoking now as it was then.

It is has been adapted many times, for radio, television, film and for the stage, proof of its enduring power to touch an audience and make them think.

For ticket details to see 1984, you can call the box office on 0115 9419419.