Theatre production of 1984 comes to West Country

PUBLISHED: 15:41 24 September 2015

George Orwell's 1984

George Orwell's 1984

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Big brother is watching you in this Orwellian classic.

George Orwell’s political modern masterpiece gets the stage treatment once again in this award-winning adaptation, which lands in Bath for the first time following a sell-out run in London’s West End.

It is certain to be a big hit on its third tour, which stars Matthew Spencer, Janine Harouni, Tim Dutton, Ben Porter and Simon Coates.

Orwell’s dystopian tale is embedded into the national consciousness. The 1949 novel commented on the impending cold war and the contrasting (yet oddly similar) forces of communism and fascism.

Directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan bring the play’s oppressive themes to life in this critically-acclaimed, radical, new version.

It comes to Bath before it heads out on another international tour next year.

The play is set in Airstrip One, a totalitarian future Great Britain, and explores Orwell’s themes of authority, surveillance and fascism.

Protagonist Winston Smith – AKA Comrade 6079 – fights to survive in a world where freedom of thought is prohibited.

Smith’s desire to think and to love soon makes him the target of the oppressive forces in Airstrip One, where Big Brother is watching him and his lover Julia, monitoring their every move.

Headlong Theatre Company harnesses the anti-fascist spirit of the original novel but adapts it for a modern audience, to explore how its dark vision of the future and a pervasive Government is still relevant to this day.

Tickets, for the show at Theatre Royal, Bath showing September 29-October 3 are priced £17.50-33.50. They are available from the box office by calling 01225 448844 or by visiting www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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