Reviews: 1984

Date posted: 7 Sep 2016Author: STC Production: 1984

Since its British premiere, 1984 has played in theatres around the world. Here is what the critics have had to say…



★★★★★ "Masterfully constructed and chillingly frank, this adaptation of Orwell's dystopian masterpiece is a coup." Read full review


THE TIMES by Dominic Maxwell

★★★★★ "I urge you to see adapter-directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's stunning show... It's not easy to make something vividly dramatic from a novel of ideas. This pulls it off in style." Read full review


FINANCIAL TIMES by Sarah Hemming

★★★★★ "Headlong’s brilliant stage version ... Rather than just tell the story, this show, written and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, creates a dynamic response that strips away complacency and plays on those creeping anxieties about trust, manipulation and freedom." Read full review


THE OBSERVER by Susannah Clapp

★★★★★ "Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have pulled off something tremendous" Read full review


THE GUARDIAN by Lyn Gardner

★★★★★ "The beauty of this Headlong production is that, in showing us the future, it makes us question the present. We leave the theatre less complacent about our own freedoms; less likely to swallow the lies of those who hold power." Read full review


THE TELEGRAPH by Dominic Cavendish

★★★★★ "Above all it points us back to the novel, revealing it as fully – philosophically and politically – fit-for-purpose in the 21st century, and quite possibly timeless." Read full review



1984, 28 Jun – 22 Jul 2017, Roslyn Packer Theatre

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