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Almeida Theatre: World Premiere of The Doctor announced

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The Almeida Theatre today announced a new play written and directed by Robert Icke called The Doctor, freely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s 1912 play Professor Bernhardi.

 The production opens on Tuesday 20 August, with previews from Monday 12 August, and runs until Saturday 28 September. It will feature Juliet Stevenson and Ria Zmitrowicz, with further casting to be announced soon.

The production follows Icke’s other acclaimed work at the Almeida including, most recently, The Wild Duck in 2018 as well as Hamlet, Mary StuartOresteiaUncle VanyaMr Burns and 1984. It will be Icke’s final production in his role as Associate Director of the Almeida as he departs to pursue freelance projects.

Artistic Director Rupert Goold said today, “Robert’s contribution to the Almeida is immeasurable. His emergence from our time working together at Headlong to international renown through his work for this theatre has been a privilege to be part of. He has been a friend and a visionary and we wish him well on the next stage of his artistic journey and look forward to him making other Almeida productions in the future.”

Robert Icke said, “The Doctor will be my final show in my role as Almeida Associate Director. I’ve had a fantastic six years here, but it’s become impossible to give the building the attention it deserves alongside my other work for theatre and for the screen. I’m grateful to all my supportive and talented colleagues over that time, on stage and off, including so many wonderful actors, and to all of the wider Almeida team, some of whom I first met as an Almeida assistant director a decade ago. I look forward to returning in the future.”

World Premiere

THE DOCTOR

very freely adapted from Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler

by Robert Icke

Design: Hildegard Bechtler; Light: Natasha Chivers; Sound: Tom Gibbons

Casting: Julia Horan

 Cast includes: Juliet Stevenson, Ria Zmitrowicz.

Monday 12 August – Saturday 28 September 2019

Press night: Tuesday 20 August 7pm

 First, do no harm. 

doctor

(noun) one who mends or repairs; in popular current use, applied to any medical practitioner. Also a traditional healer or diviner.

(verb) to treat so as to alter the appearance or character of; to falsify, tamper with, disguise.

Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke and Juliet Stevenson reunite at the Almeida for their third collaboration, following Mary Stuart and Hamlet. 

Almeida Theatre: The Wild Duck in a new version created by Robert Icke

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The Almeida Theatre today announced a new production of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, in a new version created by Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke.

It is Icke’s first show at the Almeida since Hamlet in 2017 and follows his previously acclaimed productions of Mary StuartOresteiaUncle VanyaMr Burns and 1984. It opens on Tuesday 23 October, with previews from Monday 15 October, and runs until Saturday 1 December. Casting to be announced.

Also announced today is a one-day Almeida For Free festival taking place on Saturday 27 October, following the previous success of Almeida For Free during the runs of Summer and Smoke and Hamlet. The event includes a matinee performance made exclusively free to 25s and under, a Q&A with Robert Icke and workshops run by theatre practitioners. Full details to be announced soon.

THE WILD DUCK

after Henrik Ibsen

in a new version created by Robert Icke

Design: Bunny Christie; Light: Elliot Griggs

Sound: Tom Gibbons; Casting: Julia Horan

Monday 15 October – Saturday 1 December 2018

Press night: Tuesday 23 October 7pm

verb. to duck

  1. a quick lowering of the head (to avoid a blow or so as not to be seen)
  2. depart quickly
  3. avoid

noun. wild duck (more commonly known as mallard duck or anas platyrhynchos) – an undomesticated duck.

note. Due to its beautiful feathers, the mallard duck is one of the most popular ducks for hunters. When injured or threatened, ducks have been alleged to commit suicide, by diving to the bottom of the water, never returning to the surface.

Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke stages a new version of The Wild Duck, Ibsen’s masterpiece about the nature of truth.

Henrik Ibsen (1828 – 1906) was a Norwegian playwright, director and poet. His plays include Hedda GablerA Doll’s HouseGhostsPeer GyntThe Lady from the SeaThe Master BuilderEmperor and Galilean and Little Eyolf.

Robert Icke is Associate Director at the Almeida where his work includes adapting and directing Mary Stuart (also West End), Uncle VanyaOresteia (also West End) and 1984 (co-created with Duncan Macmillan, also Broadway, West End, national and international tours). As director, his other Almeida productions include Hamlet (also West End and BBC2), The Fever, and Mr Burns. Elsewhere, his recent work includes a new adaptation of Oedipus (Toneelgroep Amsterdam) and his future work includes The Crucible (Theater Basel) and Oresteia (Schauspiel Stuttgart). His other credits include Boys and Romeo and Juliet (Headlong). He has won the UK Theatre Award, the Critics’ Circle Award and the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director, and is the youngest ever winner of the Olivier Award for Best Director.

ALMEIDA LISTINGS INFORMATION

Monday 15 October – Saturday 1 December 2018

The Wild Duck
after Henrik Ibsen

in a new version created by Robert Icke

Press night: Tuesday 23 October 7pm

Address                     Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA

Café Bar                     The Almeida Café Bar is open from 11.00am -11.00pm, Monday to Saturday

Box Office                  Online almeida.co.uk

                                    Phone 020 7359 4404 (10am – 7.30pm, Monday – Saturday)

                                    In person 10am – 7.30pm, Monday – Saturday

                                    Nearest Tube: Angel / Highbury & Islington

Website                      almeida.co.uk
Twitter                        @AlmeidaTheatre
Facebook                   facebook.com/almeidatheatre
Instagram                   @almeida_theatre

Access                       Captioned performance:
Tuesday 20 November 7:30pm
                                    Audio Described performance:
Saturday 24 November 2:30pm (Touch Tour at 12.45pm)

Talkback                    Post-show discussion with members of the company

                                    Free to same day ticket holders

                                    Monday 12 November

 

Almeida Questions   An eclectic programme of pre-show discussions, which consider some of the questions raised by the work on our stage

                                    Monday 19 November 6pm – Liar Liar

 

Last chance to see the West End transfer of Robert Icke’s critically acclaimed production of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott in Hamlet

Andrew Scott in Hamlet

Audiences have under a month left to enjoy the multi award-winning Robert Icke’s (Mary Stuart, The Red Barn, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia, Mr Burns and 1984) innovative production of Hamlet, starring Andrew Scott (SherlockDenialSpectre, Pride and Cock) live on stage, which must end on 2 September 2017 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

BBC Two will broadcast this critically acclaimed stage production of William Shakespeare’s classic play, starring BAFTA and Olivier award-winning actor Andrew Scott in the title role.

 BBC viewers will have a front row seat at this celebrated production of Hamletwhich will broadcast on BBC Two in 2018. The programme was commissioned by Patrick Holland(Controller, BBC Two) and Emma Cahusac (Commissioning Editor, Arts) and is produced by John Wyver at Illuminations Television. Shot live in front of a West End audience, BBC viewers will be given close-up access to this generation’s most acclaimed Hamlet.

Following a sell out run at the Almeida Theatre, Hamlet has enjoyed a limited season in the West End, with over 55,000 people booked in so far across the entire run, equating to 96% of all tickets. 62% of Hamlet’s audience have been first time attendees. Over 28,000 seats were available at £30 or under, specifically for under 30s – with over 300 available for each of the 96 performances. 15,000 tickets were sold at £25 or less.

Robert Icke, Director (and Almeida Theatre Associate Director) says: “It has been a real joy to work with such a gifted and dedicated company of actors on bringing this most famous play to audiences in 2017. The production has been on a wonderful journey from the Almeida to the West End, and I am very much looking forward to this next step on BBC Two. To be able to offer our version of Hamlet to as wide and diverse an audience as possible has always been of paramount importance to us, and now we are thrilled to be able to bring it to people across the country.”

In celebration of the show’s final weeks at the Harold Pinter Theatre, the critically acclaimed Almeida Theatre production of Hamlet has offered a number of exclusive events and behind-the-scenes insights into the production including a cast Q&A and an In conversation with Robert and Andrew. The final event announced will run on 22 August.

LIVE STREAM IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT ICKE, ANDREW SCOTT AND STEPHEN GROSZ – HAMLET, MADNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH

 Tuesday 22 August – 2pm

Two of Hamlet’s key themes are madness and grief; and mourning, bereavement and emotion are central to the story. Director Robert Icke used psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz’s book THE EXAMINED LIFE as a reference point in rehearsals and one of the most feted aspects of the production has been that, in Andrew’s performance, these emotions feel unusually personal and raw. Robert, Andrew and Stephen discuss the character, the play and its themes of madness and mourning, sanity and survival, live from the Facebook Studio.

Watch the live stream from 2pm on Tuesday 22 Aug via Time Out London. Available to watch again in full after the event.

 

The Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed production of Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart to open in the West End, with Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams reprising their roles

Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It’s all in the execution.

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Almeida in 2016-17, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End from Saturday 13 January for a limited run. The production will then visit Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday 4 – Saturday 14 April, Salford Lowry from Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 April and Cambridge Arts Theatre from Monday 23 – Saturday 28 April 2018.

Schiller’s political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history’s most crucial days. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson (Hamlet) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) trade the play’s central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.

★★★★★ Time Out, Observer, Mail on Sunday, The Stage ★★★★ Sunday Times, The Times, Independent, Evening Standard, Daily Mail

For every performance of Mary Stuart in the West End, 25 top price tickets will be available at £25 for those aged 25 and under. These will be available to buy in person at the Box Office and via the TodayTix app.

Robert Icke previously directed Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia, Mr Burns and 1984 for the Almeida and The Red Barn for the National Theatre. Mary Stuart is produced by Fiery Angel (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company – Plays at the Garrick, The 39 Steps) and the Almeida (London Theatre of the year 2016 – Hamlet, Bakkhai, Richard III, American Psycho, King Charles III, Oil and Chimerica).

Juliet Stevenson is one of Britain’s leading actors. She has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Royal Court, winning an Olivier award for her performance as Paulina in Death and The Maiden in 1991. Most recent theatre credits include starring roles in Mary Stuart and Hamlet (both directed by Robert Icke, the latter currently playing in the West End) and of course Beckett’s Happy Days at The Young Vic which played to huge critical acclaim and due to popular demand returned for a second run. Her films include Truly, Madly, Deeply, Bend it Like Beckham, When Did You Last See Your Father, Being Julia, Pierrepoint, Mona Lisa Smile and Diana and Departure. Recent television work includes starring roles in Williams brothers’ thriller One of Us for BBC1 and Sky Living’s supernatural thriller The Enfield Haunting, as well as playing series regulars on two series of Atlantis and The Village. Other television work includes Place of Execution, The Accused, The Hour and White Heat. Upcoming releases include feature film Let Me Go. In addition to her Olivier award, Juliet has been nominated a further four times and is four times BAFTA nominated for her film and television work. She was awarded a CBE in 1999.

Lia Williams most recently appeared in the Almeida’s productions of Mary Stuart and Oresteia (Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress) as well as Harold Pinter’s Celebration. Other theatre credits include The Revengers’ Comedies in the West End (Critics Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award, Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy Performance), Old Times in the West End, Arcadia and Skylight on Broadway, at the National Theatre and in the West End (Tony and Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress), Earthquakes in London, The Hothouse and Mappa Mundi at the National Theatre, Oleanna, King Lear and My Child at the Royal Court, The Homecoming at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, in the West End and on Broadway, and The Lover and The Collection at the Donmar Warehouse. Her television credits include Strike: Silkworm, The Missing, The Crown, Secret State, Doc Martin, May 33rd (BAFTA nomination for Best Actress), The Russian Bride, Imogen’s Face, A Shot Through the Heart, Flowers of the Forest, Seaforth and Mr Wroe’s Virgins. Film includes The Foreigner, Jonathan Toomey, The King is Alive, Different for Girls, The Fifth Province, Firelight, Dirty Weekend and La Suite Blanche-Neige. As Director, her credits include The Match Box for the Liverpool Playhouse and the Tricycle Theatre and films Feathers, The Stronger (BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film), Dog Alone and the feature documentary Nanabozhung.

Robert Icke is a writer and theatre director. He is currently Associate Director at the Almeida where his work includes adapting and directing Mary Stuart, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia (also West End) and 1984 (co-created with Duncan Macmillan, also Broadway, West End, National and International tours). As director, his productions include Hamlet (starring Andrew Scott, also West End), The Fever, Mr Burns (Almeida), The Red Barn (National Theatre), Boys, Romeo and Juliet, Decade (Headlong, where he was Associate Director until 2013). For Oresteia, Robert won Best Director in the Critics Circle and Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2015, and the Olivier Award for Best Director in 2016.

Adaptation and direction Robert Icke Set and Costume Design Hildegard Bechtler Lighting Jackie Shemesh Sound Paul Arditti Video Tim Reid Casting Julia Horan CDG

Cast includes: Juliet Stevenson (Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart) and Lia Williams (Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart). Further casting to be announced.

Mary Stuart is presented by Fiery Angel, Almeida Theatre, Gavin Kalin Productions and Howard Panter.

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First Look : Productions images of Robert Icke’s Hamlet, at Almeida Theatre, with Andrew Scott playing Hamlet

Andrew Scott in Hamlet

Following a critically acclaimed and sell-out run at The Almeida Theatre, Hamlet will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited season from 9 June – 2 September

Andrew Scott in Hamlet

Andrew Scott in Hamlet

Olivier Award-winning director, Robert Icke’s (Mary Stuart, The Red Barn, Uncle Vanya, Oresteia, Mr Burns and 1984), ground-breaking and electrifying production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starring BAFTA award-winner Andrew Scott (Moriarty in BBC’s Sherlock, Denial, Spectre, Design For Living and Cock) in the title role, will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre, following a critically acclaimed and sell out run at the Almeida Theatre. Hamlet will run for a limited season only from 9 June to 2 September 2017 with press night on Thursday 15 June.

Hamlet is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group (Sunday In The Park With George, Buried Child, Oresteia), Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre (Chimerica, Ghosts, King Charles III, 1984, Oresteia), who are renowned for introducing groundbreaking, critically acclaimed transfers to the West End.

Rupert Goold, Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre said “We’re delighted that with this transfer more people will be able to experience our production of Hamlet. Robert, Andrew, and the entire Hamlet company have created an unforgettable Shakespeare which we’re looking forward to sharing even more widely over the summer in partnership with Sonia Friedman Productions and ATG.”

 Robert Icke, Director (and Almeida Theatre Associate Director) said “It has been such a thrill to work with Andrew and the extraordinary company of Hamlet on this play so far, and I’m delighted we’re going to continue our work on this play in the West End this summer. I’m also extremely proud to be working with the Almeida and our producers, ATG and Sonia Friedman, to be able to present this play in a way that genuinely throws the doors open to a bigger range of audience members. In an increasingly expensive industry, I can’t tell you how brilliant it is for them to commit to having 300 tickets priced at under £30 at every single show.”

 Andrew Scott, playing Hamlet, “I’m so thrilled and honoured to be playing this extraordinary role with these brilliant actors in Rob’s stunning production. We have been overwhelmed with the reaction to our interpretation of Hamlet and I’m so happy that we can share it with a larger audience. This is a play full of heart, compassion and humanity. I’m so happy that we are able to offer 300 tickets for under £30 to every performance in the West End run to allow everybody a chance to see the play.”

The confirmed cast for the transfer of Robert Icke’s production includes Marty Cruickshank (Player Queen), Jessica Brown Findlay (Ophelia), Calum Finlay (Rosencrantz), Joshua Higgott (Horatio),Daniel Rabin (Reynaldo), David Rintoul (Ghost/Player King), Andrew Scott (Hamlet) Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude), Luke Thompson (Laertes), Peter Wight (Polonius), Angus Wright (Claudius)and Matthew Wynn (Bernardo/Player 3/Priest). Further cast will be announced in due course.

Hamlet has design by Hildegard Bechtler, with lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons,and video design by Tal Yarden. The Associate Director is Daniel Raggett. Casting is by Julia Horan.

Multi award-winning Director, Robert Icke, has adapted/directed at the Almeida Theatre Mary Stuart,Uncle Vanya, Oresteia (also West End, and for which Icke won the Critics’ Circle, Evening Standard and Olivier Award for Best Director) and the multi-award-winning 1984 with Duncan Macmillan (also West End as well as playing several UK and international tours, and a forthcoming Broadway run at the newly opened Hudson Theater).

His work as a director includes The Fever at The May Fair Hotel, Mr Burns at the Almeida, Boys andRomeo and Juliet for Headlong. He made his National Theatre debut directing The Red Barn, at the Lyttelton Theatre in October 2016 starring Mark Strong and Elizabeth Debicki.

Last chance to see the critically acclaimed 1984 in the West End

Audiences have just six weeks left to see the critically acclaimed Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production of 1984Since opening at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2013, the production has played almost 700 performances across the globe and, by the end of this run, over 380,000 people will have seen the show. Directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, the limited run at the Playhouse Theatre must end on 29 October 2016.

@1984ThePlay #1984play

To date, George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece has played to packed houses at the Almeida Theatre, during national and (sold-out) international tours across the globe, and most recently a third hugely successful run in the West End. Adapted by Olivier Award-winner Robert Icke and Olivier Award-nominee Duncan MacmillanGeorge Orwell’s canonical work returned to the Playhouse Theatre this year on 14 June with an entirely new cast. Over 30% of the tickets for the run so far have been sold at the accessible price of £19.84.

The cast in 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre

The cast in 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre © Manuel Harlan

The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. This dynamic, innovative production connects Orwell’s bleak vision of the future with the present day, drawing striking parallels to our own uncertain political landscape.

1984 is directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, set and costume is designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting designed by Natasha Chivers, sound designed by Tom Gibbons and video designed by Tim Reid.

The cast includes Rudi Dharmalingam, Rosie Ede, Andrew Gower, Joshua Higgott, Hilton McRae, Anthony O’Donnell, Daniel Rabin and Catrin Stewart, alongside Eve Benioff Salama, Cleopatra Dickens, Amber Fernee and India Fowler who alternate the role of Child.

Also making up the company, as understudies: Gerard Gilroy, Thom Petty and Ingrid Schiller.

George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind-control.  Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality.

LISTINGS INFORMATION
Sonia Friedman Productions and Eleanor Lloyd Productions
in association with
Rupert Gavin, JFL Theatricals, 1001 Nights, Ramin Sabi, Scott M. Delman, Zeilinger Productions/Charna Productions
present the Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production of
1984
By George Orwell
A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan

Directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
with Daniel Raggett
Set and Costume is designed by Chloe Lamford
Lighting is designed by Natasha Chivers
Sound is designed by Tom Gibbons
Video is designed by Tim Reid

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Ave, London, WC2N 5DE
14 June – 29 October 2016
www.1984ThePlay.co.uk

Box Office
Telephone: Playhouse Theatre 0844 871 7631 or Almeida Theatre 020 7359 4404
Online: www.atgtickets.comwww.headlong.co.uk or www.almeida.co.uk

Performance Times
Monday to Saturday 7.30pmWednesday and Saturday matinee 2.30pm

Ticket prices
At least 101 seats at £19.84 available at every performance.
£10 (day seats), £15, £19.84, £39.50 and £55
Premium seats available
Discounted preview prices were in place for performances until 28 June

1984 announces 8-week extension to West End run, now booking until 29 October

Following the return of 1984 to the Playhouse Theatre last night, the booking period for the West End run has been extended until 29 October 2016. Directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, this year will see an entirely new cast take to the stage in George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece.

Production images have also been released today ahead of official opening night at the Playhouse Theatre on 28 June 2016.

The cast of 1984 © Manuel Harlan

The cast of 1984 © Manuel Harlan. Click on the image to book your tickets now.

After a sell-out international tour, George Orwell’s canonical work, adapted by Olivier Award-winner Robert Icke and Olivier Award-nominee Duncan Macmillan, began previews last night, 14 June, marking the start of a 19-week West End run.

Now seen by over a quarter of a million people, this Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013. Since opening, 1984 has played to packed houses at the Almeida Theatre, as well as throughout its two West End runs and in performances across the globe during national and international tours.

April, 1984.13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching. 

The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

1984 is directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, set and costume is designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting designed by Natasha Chivers, sound designed by Tom Gibbons and video designed by Tim Reid.

George Orwell’s ‘1984’, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind-control.  Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS FOR 1984 NOW

 

Images released today of new cast in rehearsals for 1984 ahead of return to West End

Rehearsal images have today been released of an entirely new cast in rehearsals for Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of 1984. The cast for the hit West End production of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece will be: Rosie Ede, Andrew Gower, Joshua Higgott, Richard Katz, Anthony O’Donnell, Daniel Rabin, Catrin Stewart and Angus Wright alongside Eve Benioff Salama, Cleopatra Dickens, Amber Fernee and India Fowler who will alternate the role of Child. Also making up the company, as understudies: Gerard Gilroy, Thom Petty and Ingrid Schiller.

Cast of 1984 in rehearsal. Photo credit: Manuel Harlan

Cast of 1984 in rehearsal. Photo credit: Manuel Harlan
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Following a sell-out international tour, the critically and publicly acclaimed production of 1984 will return to the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End this summer. George Orwell’s canonical work, adapted by Olivier Award-winner Robert Icke and Olivier Award-nominee Duncan Macmillan, will preview from 14 June 2016, with the press night on 28 June 2016

Now seen by over a quarter of a million people, this Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013. Since opening, 1984 has played to packed houses at the Almeida Theatre, as well as throughout its two West End runs and in performances across the globe during national and international tours.

April, 1984.13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.

The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

1984 is directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, set and costume is designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting designed by Natasha Chivers, sound designed by Tom Gibbons and video designed by Tim Reid.

George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind-control.  Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality.

New Cast Announced for Third Westend Run of 1984

An entirely new cast has started rehearsals for Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of 1984. The cast for the hit West End production of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece will be: Rosie Ede, Andrew Gower, Joshua Higgott, Richard Katz, Anthony O’Donnell, Daniel Rabin, Catrin Stewart and Angus Wright alongside Eve Benioff Salama, Cleopatra Dickens, Amber Fernee and India Fowler who will alternate the role of Child. Also making up the company, as understudies: Ingrid Schiller, Gerard Gilroy and Thom Petty.

Previous company of 1984 at Playhouse Theatre. Credit Manuel Harlan.

Previous company of 1984 at Playhouse Theatre. Credit Manuel Harlan.

Following a sell-out international tour, the critically and publicly acclaimed production of 1984 will return to the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End this summer. George Orwell’s canonical work, adapted by Olivier Award-winner Robert Icke and Olivier Award-nominee Duncan Macmillan, will preview from 14 June 2016, with the press night on 28 June 2016.

Now seen by over a quarter of a million people, this Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013. Since opening, 1984 has played to packed houses at the Almeida Theatre, as well as throughout its two West End runs and in performances across the globe during national and international tours.

April, 1984.13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.

The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

1984 is directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, set and costume is designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting designed by Natasha Chivers, sound designed by Tom Gibbons and video designed by Tim Reid.

George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind-control.  Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality.

Rosie Ede (Mrs Parsons) previously appeared in When We Are Married and Side by Side by Sondheim (both Bristol Old Vic), Crime At Blossoms (Brewhouse Theatre Taunton), Aladdin (Greenwich Theatre), The Bacchae and Blood Wedding (both for Royal & Derngate Northampton). Ede’s television and film credits include Doc Martin (Sky), My Family (BBC), Peak Practice (Carlton), Call The Midwife (BBC) and Finding Neverland (Miramax).

Andrew Gower (Winston) will make his West End debut in 1984, his previous stage work includes The Conquest of the South Pole (Rose Kingston) and Terror Tales (Hampstead Theatre). Gower is best known for his roles as Dr Andrew Mullery in Monroe, Gilbert in The Village and further on screen appearances in Outlander and Capital.

Joshua Higgott (Syme) has previously been directed by Robert Icke in Oresteia (Almeida/ West End), The Alchemist (Liverpool Everyman) and Romeo and Juliet (ADC Theatre). Higgott’s other theatre work includes Shakespeare in Love (West End), Regeneration (Royal & Derngate Theatre), Birdsong (UK Tour), Twelfth Night (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona (US Tour/ ADC Theatre) and Julius Caesar (European Tour/ ADC Theatre). His film credits include The Machine (Red & Black Films), which won Best UK Feature at the Raindance Film Festival in 2013.

Richard Katz (Charrington) has been an integral member of both the Royal Shakespeare Company and Complicité. He has performed in and devised many shows for these companies including Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors and The Winter’s Tale, and The Master and Margarita, Measure for Measure and The Noise of Time respectively. Katz’s other numerous theatre credits include Richard II and Nell Gwynn (both Shakespeare’s Globe), War Horse (National Theatre), Faustus (Royal & Derngate Northampton) and The Hanging Man (Improbable). His work for television includes The Honourable Woman, Privates, Blessed (all BBC), The Passion (BBC/HBO) and Black Books (both Channel4).

Anthony O’Donnell’s (Parsons) rich career boasts an impressive range of work at the National Theatre includes The Captain of Kopenick, The Shaughraun, Bartholomew Fair, Ghetto, The Miser, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Under the Milk Wood, The Way of the World, The London Cuckolds and President of an Empty Room. He has also worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Donmar Warehouse.

Daniel Rabin (Martin) has worked extensively with Shakespeare’s Globe, appearing in Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, King John, Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Anthony and Cleopatra and Holy Warriors. Other stage work includes Oedipus (Nottingham Playhouse/Spoleto Festival), Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre) and Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre).  His television credits include Game of Thrones (HBO), The Royals (E!) and Holby City (BBC).

Catrin Stewart (Julia) returns to work with Headlong, having played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (UK Tour), directed by Robert Icke. Recent stage credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Clywd Theatre Cymru), The Jew of Malta and Love’s Sacrifice (both Royal Shakespeare Company), The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic) and Mametz (National Theatre Wales). On screen Stewart is known for the recurrent role of Jenny Flint in Doctor Who (BBC), Emma Morris in Stella (Sky) and appearing in Misfits (Channel 4).

Angus Wright (O’Brien) previously worked with Robert Icke in Oresteia (Almeida/ West End). Wright’s vast body of theatre work includes The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic), in Twelfth Night/ Richard III (Globe Theatre/ West End/ Broadway), Privates on Parade (West End), The Master and Margarita (Old Vic), The Cat in the Hat (Young Vic/ National Theatre) and The Seagull, A Dream Play and Three Sisters (all National Theatre).  For television, he recently played Angus in Peep Show (Channel4) and further credits include Jekyll and Hyde (ITV), and Being Human, Waking the Dead and Hotel Babylon (BBC). His film credits include Jack Ryan (Paramount), Maleficent (Disney) and The Iron Lady (Pathé/ Film4).