The smash hit West End adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984, will tour Australia in 2017.
The Olivier Award nominated production has been seen by over 400,000 people worldwide, and will play major seasons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth.
The production, directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan and produced by British theatre innovators Headlong, the Almeida Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse, has been a theatrical phenomenon, with three successful seasons in the West End, extensive UK and US tours and international festival appearances, including a sold-out season at the 2015 Melbourne Festival.
The Australian tour of 1984 will feature a brand new Australian cast under the direction of Australian associate director Corey McMahon, who worked with Robert Icke on the most recent West End season.
“After the warm welcome our production recevied at the Melbourne Festival in 2015, we’re delighted that it is returning to Australia,” say Icke and Macmillan.
“Even more now than last time we visited, Orwell’s dystopian vision of a surveilled and totalitarian world seems horribly relevant.”
Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical staging of Orwell’s vision of the future — which makes use of multi-media and striking designs — is a timely reminder of the dangers of the digital age and society’s subconscious cooperation in the invasion of our own privacy.
1984 will play at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from 14-18 June 2017. Tickets are on sale now at qpac.com.au.