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April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.

Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical and much-lauded staging explores surveillance, identity, and why George Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. Orwell’s fiction has become our reality.

From UK theatrical innovators Headlong, Orwell’s dystopian classic came roaring onto the stage in 2013 and since then it has become an international phenomenon. Seen by over 500,000 people, it has enjoyed three hugely success­ful West End seasons and is a current hit on Broadway. Now as part of the 2018 Auckland Arts Festival, the chilling prescience of Orwell is presented in its New Zealand premiere.

A literary masterpiece meets sheer theatrical ambition as one of the 20th century’s greatest novels is given new life by some of the British theatre’s fastest rising stars.

1984. Book now. Big Brother is watching!

***** “A superbly handled multimedia speculation on the nature of truth.”  The Guardian

Recommended for ages 14+

Advisory: contains violence, strobe lighting, loud sound effects.

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