Melbourne Festival in association with Philip and Caroline Cornish presents


A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan

Direct from the West End

Best New Play nominee Olivier Awards

A work of extraordinary quality and intensity. ★★★★★

Independent (UK)

I urge you to see this stunning show... It's not easy to make something vividly dramatic from a novel of ideas. This pulls it off in style. ★★★★★

The Times (UK)

Remarkable, radical, blazing clinical, spine-tingling finesse.

The Telegraph (UK)


April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love.

But Big Brother is always watching, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye.

Seen by more than a quarter of a million people, the international smash hit production of Orwell's dystopian masterpiece—from UK theatre renegades Headlong—arrives in Australia for an exclusive season at Melbourne Festival.

The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in this radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.


O’Brien Tim Dutton
Charrington Stephen Fewell
Julia Janine Harouni
Martin Christopher Patrick Nolan
Syme Ben Porter
Winston Matthew Spencer
Parsons Simon Coates
Mrs Parsons Mandi Symonds
Child Tayla Bozelle/Harriet Turnbull/Emerson Young


Adapted and Directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
Designer Chloe Lamford
Lighting Natasha Chivers
Sound Tom Gibbons
Video Tim Reid

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1984 is presented in association with Headlong, Almeida Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse.