Matthew Spencer will play the role of George Orwell’s Winston Smith in the hit West End stage production of 1984 this summer. Julia will be played by Janine Harouni until 25 July, and then Hara Yannas from 27 July to the end of the run. Simon Coates, Tim Dutton, Stephen Fewell, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Ben Porter, Gavin Spokes and Mandi Symonds complete the cast.
Full cast (in order):
Simon Coates – Parsons (From 29th June)
Tim Dutton – O’Brien
Stephen Fewell – Charrington
Janine Harouni – Julia (Until 25th July)
Christopher Patrick Nolan – Martin
Ben Porter – Syme
Matthew Spencer – Winston
Gavin Spokes – Parsons (Until 27th June)
Mandi Symonds – Mrs Parsons
Hara Yannas – Julia (From 27th July)
All the cast members are returning to the show, having previously appeared in the touring, Almeida or West End productions. Matthew Spencer played Syme in 2014, as well as understudying Winston Smith. All the other cast members are resuming roles they have played before.
The Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production of 1984 returns to the Playhouse Theatre this summer, where it enjoyed a run in 2014. 1984 will preview from 12th June 2015, with press night on 18th June 2015.
The production premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013. In total, it has played to more than 234,000 people in Nottingham, at the Almeida Theatre, in the West End, and on two UK tours.
101 seats for every performance for £19.84.
April, 1984. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought and starts a diary. But is always watching, and the door to Room can swing open in the blink of an eye.
The definitive book of the 20th century in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is relevant .
1984 is adapted and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, set and costume designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting designed by Natasha Chivers, sound designed by Tom Gibbons and video designed by Tim Reid.
George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its chilling depiction of perpetual , government and incessant public . Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality.
Following the run at the Playhouse Theatre, 1984 will tour to the following venues (exact dates tba):
9- 26 Sep 2015 – Nottingham Playhouse, UK
29 Sep- 3 Oct 2015 – Bath Theatre Royal, UK
Jan-Feb 2016 – The Broad Stage, Santa Monica CA, USA
Feb 2016 – American Repertory Theatre, Boston MA, USA
Mar-Apr 2016 – Shakespeare theatre, Washington DC, USA
Copyright details: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (Copyright, 1949) by permission of Bill Hamilton as the Literary Executor of the Estate of the Late Sonia Brownell Orwell, in a new adaptation by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
Sonia Friedman Productions and Eleanor Lloyd Productions present the Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production of 1984 By George Orwell – A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Ave, London, WC2N 5DE
12 June – 5 September 2015
Monday to Saturday 7.30pm,
Wednesday and Saturday matinee 2.30pm (no matinee 13 and 17 June)