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Curtains – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Stephen Bill Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Stephen Bates A 2012 survey revealed that there is a much higher probability that people over 60 will die on their own birthdays than on any other day of the year. In Stephen Bill’s play, things are not looking good for Ida, whose family are gathering round to celebrate her 86th, bearing greetings ...

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1984 – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: George Orwell Adaptersand Directors: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Claire Hayes Headlong’s adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 has enjoyed three West End runs and two tours prior to its arrival in Bath. So, those of us who’ve already read the book and perused the four and five-star reviews of the play may feel as though they ...

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1984 – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: George Orwell Adapters and directors: Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan Reviewer: Dave Smith It’s now more than 65 years since George Orwell wrote his vision of a dystopian future of a society where the state is able to constantly monitor and control its citizens in the name of national security, and more than 30 years have passed since the ...

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1984 – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: George Orwell (adapted by Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan) Directors: Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Joan Phillips George Orwell’s alarmingly prescient prediction of state surveillance and control is given a successful makeover by Headlong Theatre Company. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have taken on the difficult task of bringing this well told story to the stage with an ingeniously fresh ...

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1984 – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: George Orwell Adaptation &Direction: Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Arriving in Glasgow on a wave of five-star reviews, Headlong’s sell-out production of 1984 at the Citizens Theatre would seem to promise much, but the question is, does it deliver? The answer, thankfully, is a resounding yes. Theatrical productions that genuinely have the power to move are becoming ...

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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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