Cast announced for 1984 West End's Return


Casting has been announced for the West End return of George Orwell's 1984, adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, which returns to the Playhouse Theatre from 14 June to 3 September 2016, with an official opening night on 28 June. This will be the production's third West End run, and will follow an international and UK tour.

The cast will feature Rosie Ede, Andrew Gower, Joshua Higgott, Richard Katz, Anthony O'Donnell, Daniel Rabin, Catrin Stewart and Angus Wright. Eve Benioff Salama, Cleopatra Dickens, Amber Fernee and India Fowler will alternate the role of Child. Ingrid Schiller, Gerard Gilroy and Thom Petty will be understudies.

1984 features designs by Chloe Lamford, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons and video by Tim Reid. The producers are Sonia Friedman Productions and Eleanor Lloyd Productions / Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre.

Synopsis: "April, 1984. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought and starts a diary. But Big Brother is always watching, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye."

1984 was originally published in 1949 and went on to become one of the most popular and well read dystopian novels of the 20th Century. It is responsible for coining the term 'Big Brother', along with the now popular concept of 'Room 101' and 'thoughtcrimes'.

The production was originally seen at the Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013, before transferring to the Almeida Theatre in north London in February 2014. It then went on to enjoy runs at the Playhouse from 28 April to 23 August 2014 and from 12 June to 5 September 2015.

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