A literary masterpiece meets sheer theatrical ambition in this dynamic, sharply political theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s cautionary classic.

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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. As we are confronted daily by the denial of plain facts, the creeping surveillance of the state and the increasing fear of the other, 1984 no longer seems like a novel but a horrifying prediction of what we are now experiencing. This powerful and confronting new production is of the moment and will leave audiences reeling.

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 more than 500,000 people, it has enjoyed three hugely successful West End seasons and is a current hit on Broadway.

1984 is a Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production, presented by Auckland Arts Festival and GWB Entertainment in association with Auckland Theatre Company and State Theatre Company South Australia 

Contains violence, strobe lighting and loud sound effects.

Years 10-13: English, Drama, Social Sciences

School Matinees: Thursday 15 & Thursday 22 March at 11am
School tickets $25
Venue: ASB Waterfront Theatre

BOOK HERE (Bookings for 1984  are made through Auckland Theatre Company)

1984 Australia Pre-Show Briefing Notes

1984 Australia Study Guide

Teaching 1984 in 2017

Associate director Corey McMahon RNZ interview 




Parsons: Paul Blackwell
Winston: Tom Conroy
O’Brien: Terence Crawford
Julia: Rose Riley
Martin: Bill Allert 
Syme: Guy O’Grady
Charrington: Simon London 
Mrs Parsons: Fiona Press
Child: Madeleine Walker, Tia Ormsby

Creative Team
Co-Adaptor/Director: Robert Icke & Duncan MacMillan
Designer: Chloe Lamford
Lighting Designer: Natasha Chivers
Sound Designer:Tom Gibbons
Video Designer: Tim Reid
Associate Director (Australia): Corey McMahon
Associate Lighting Designer: Gavin Norris
Associate Sound Designer: Richard Bell
Associate Video Designer: Ian Valkeith
Assistant Director: Shannon Rush
Voice & Dialect Coach (Australian Tour 2017): Simon Stollery 
Voice & Dialect Coach (Auckland season): Tiffany Knight

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***** "Masterfully constructed and chillingly frank, this adaptation of Orwell'’s dystopian masterpiece is a coup."