Sydney Theatre Company in association with State Theatre Company South Australia and by arrangement with Ambassador Theatre Group & GWB Entertainment
presents the Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre Production
by George Orwell
A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
The West End smash hit adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984 tours Australia on a four-month tour, including Sydney Theatre Company’s Roslyn Packer Theatre from 28 June to 22 July 2017.
Featuring a much-lauded adaptation and direction by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, 1984 has already been seen by over 400,000 people worldwide since its UK premiere in 2013, with three successful seasons in the West End, extensive UK and US touring and international festival appearances, including at the 2015 Melbourne Festival. For this new national tour commencing in Adelaide in May 2017, an all-Australian cast take on the roles, with Tom Conroy as Winston, alongside Paul Blackwell, Terence Crawford, Ursula Mills, Renato Musolino, Guy O’Grady, Yalin Ozucelik and Fiona Press.
Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this stage phenomenon explores surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. It is a timely reminder of the dangers posed by the digital age and society’s subconscious cooperation in the invasion of our own privacy.
Published in 1949, 1984 is one of the most influential novels of all time, with its depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government tracking, mind control and the corruption of language and history. Currently, the number 1 title on Amazon’s bestseller list, 1984 has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, with interest spiked in recent months following the use of the term ‘alternative facts’ by US President Donald Trump’s advisors where comparisons were made with the term ‘newspeak’ used in the novel.
The Olivier Award nominated production, produced by British theatre innovators Headlong, the Almeida Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse, reaches another international milestone in June as it opens on Broadway with an American cast.
Directors: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
Associate Director (Australia): Corey McMahon
Designer: Chloe Lamford
Lighting Designer: Natasha Chivers
Sound Designer: Tom Gibbons
Video Designer: Tim Reid
Cast: Paul Blackwell, Tom Conroy, Terence Crawford, Ursula Mills, Renato Musolino, Guy O’Grady, Yalin Ozucelik, Fiona Press
Dates: 28 June to 22 July
Venue: Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Tickets: Saturday evening A Reserve $105, Saturday evening B Reserve $95
Adult A Reserve $99, Adult B Reserve $89
Seniors cardholder $90, Concessions $79
Under 30 $77
Box Office: 02 9250 1777 or www.sydneytheatre.com.au
Suncorp Twenties (tickets for just $20 for every STC performance) become available for 1984 from Thursday 22 June 2017. Suncorp Twenties are released for sale every Thursday at 9am for the following week’s performances (Mon to Sat).
Pre-season Briefing: Monday 26 July 6.15pm, Wharf 2 Theatre
Audi Nights with the Actors: Monday 3 July post-show
For more information on the tour or to book tickets visit www.1984play.com.au
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre, Grote Street, Adelaide
Season: 13 – 27 May 2017
Tickets: statetheatrecompany.com.au or 131 246
Venue: The Comedy Theatre, Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Season: 2 June – 10 June 2017
Previews: 31 May & 1 June
Tickets: on sale Monday 12 December 2016 at www.1984play.com.au
Venue: Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Season: 14 June – 18 June 2017
Tickets: on sale 12 December 2016 from www.qpac.com.au or 136 246
Venue: Sydney Theatre Company, Roslyn Packer Theatre – 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Season: 28 June – 22 July 2017
Tickets: on sale 13 Feb 2017 from Box Office (02) 9250 1777 or www.sydneytheatre.com.au
Venue: Canberra Theatre, Canberra Theatre Centre
Season: 25 – 29 July, 2017
Tickets: canberratheatrecentre.com.au or Box Office on (02) 6275 2700
Venue: His Majesty’s Theatre
Season: 4 August – 13 August 2017
Tickets: on sale from 9am (AWST) 12 December 2016 from ticketek.com.au