“Big Brother is watching.”
April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him—and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. George Orwell’s chilling vision of a dystopian future is brought to life in a radical multimedia production. Called “a brilliant retelling” by the Guardian, Headlong’s production of 1984 explores surveillance, identity, and the security state. See why Orwell’s 1949 novel of a totalitarian world—the definitive book of the 20th century—is as relevant now as ever, and particularly resonant in the political environment of Washington, D.C.
1984 joins Dunsinane as STC brings international presentations into the core mainstage season. This production was created by Headlong, an acclaimed U.K. theatre ensemble, with the support of the Nottingham Playhouse and The Almeida Theatre. Headlong’s work interrogates important cultural texts, previously tackling new productions of Faustus, King Lear, Medea, and Romeo and Juliet.
Read: Asides Magazine for 1984
Letter to our patrons: 1984
The Consent of the Surveilled by Dr. Paolo Gerbaudo
The Orwellian World By Michael Shelden
Beginning at the End by Dominic Cavendish
Watch: 1984 Trailer
Listen: NPR Weekend Edition story on 1984
Watch: Michael Kahn talks about 1984