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Mr Burns- Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: Anne Washburn Director: Robert Icke Reviewer: Lou Flaxman Billed as a ‘post-electric play’, Mr Burns is a three-act epic, spanning over 80 years of post-apocalypse America. Survivors on the run from a nuclear disaster cling to their cultural past by attempting to remember one particular episode of The Simpsons- Cape Feare- in which a murderous Sideshow Bob pursues Bart, ...

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1984 – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: George Orwell Adapted and created by: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Harry Stern From a 2014 perspective, Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece stubbornly refuses to lie down and become the misguided outpourings of a mid-20th Century political and societal misanthropist. With revelations about phone hacking, government surveillance and Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing activities still current, how could it? The real accomplishment ...

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1984 – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

From the book by George Orwell, adapted for stage by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan Director: Mark Rosenblatt Reviewer: Ruth Jepson [rating:4] “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.” The book 1984 is a classic. Chances are you’ll have encountered it - read it, talked about it with friends, or even just by watching the housemates in ‘Big ...

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1984 – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: George Orwell Adaptor/Creator: Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: David Noble [rating:4.5] How to start a 1984 review without waffling endlessly about what is often regarded as the greatest work of 20th century literature? Somewhat unavoidable it seems, but Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of 1984 for the stage does unusually start and end with a literary analysis of ...

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1984 – Richmond Theatre, Richmond

Writer: George Orwell Adapted and created by: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] For a novel written in 1949, it is remarkable how much of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984 has seeped into our consciousness. Not just in the phrases we have adopted – Big Brother, thought crime, Room 101, double speak – but also in the ...

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1984 – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writers: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan from the book by George Orwell Directors: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards [Rating:4.5] George Orwell’s novel 1984 remains to this day one of the most crucial works of literature to come out of the 20th Century. It is a marriage of vast political messages and a very intimate love story, ...

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The Alchemist – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Ben Jonson Director: Robert Icke Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin [Rating: 4.5] The year is 1610; London is being ravaged by a plague that has driven many to the safety of the countryside. One such gentleman has left his house under the guard of his butler, who far from looking after the interests of his master, is more occupied with looking ...

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Boys – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Robert Icke Reviewer: Sarah Nutland [rating:5] It's the end of an era for four lads and their rubbish ridden flat in Edinburgh, as their lease, course and life (as they know it) is about to expire. This is Boys a Headlong, HighTide Festival Theatre and The Nuffield, Southampton production currently playing at the Soho Theatre. I ...

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