It is April 1984 and Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love.
But Big Brother is watching, so he has just made the first steps towards Room 101 and his worst fears.
Directed by Rob Icke, this hugely successful co-production was one of Headlong’s most acclaimed and commercially successful recent tours.
Having had its world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013, it was nominated for an Olivier Award in the Best New Play category and transferred to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre following a sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre.
George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, is one of the most influential 20th century novels, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind control. Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality with 1984 and Big Brother now a synonyms for intrusive authority.
1984, Cambridge Arts Theatre
October 21-25, 7.45pm, 23 and 25, 2.30pm
Tickets £15 TO £27