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1984 At The Almeida

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#1 dallardice

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 08:06 AM

First production of the New Year at the Almeida will be 1984, based on the Orwell novel.  It's a coproduction between the Almeida, Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse, where it appeared earlier this year to very strong reviews.

8 Feb - 29 Mar.  Priority booking from 29 Oct.

Robert Icke, one of the cocreators of 1984, is joining the Almeida as Associate Director.  He was previously Associate Director of Headlong.

#2 xanderl

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 09:07 AM

I saw this on tour - highly recommended
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Posted 25 October 2013 - 09:54 AM

Clever programmimg! Now we know how the Almeida is going to cope with its heavily reduced public funding. Could the next three shows turn out to be Jeremy Herrin's first production for Headlong, co-produced with the Almeida, then Robert Icke's first production for the Almeida, co-produced with Headlong, and finally Rupert Goold's first Almeida production, as Artistic Director, recreating one of his successful Headlong productions? I'm just commenting, not complaining.

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 11:50 AM

This makes me happy.
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#5 David J

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 12:53 PM

I saw 1984 at Salisbury. I knew the overview of the story, though I struggled at times to keep up with the play going back and forth between past, future, and the imaginary. That said it was both thought provoking and enticing production. It certainly puts the definition of 'fiction' into perspective.

Top Price from me.

http://www.anightatt...en-eighty-four/

I think the Almeida is going to be the go-to theatre for me. I absolutely enjoy Rupert Goold and Headlong's work.

Don't forget that there is Blanche McIntyre's next Headlong production of Spring Awakening (the play) at the Nuffield Theatre.

Headlong doing the play that one of my favourite musicals is based upon. A win-win surely! :)
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#6 Lynette

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 06:12 PM

Depressing story for those of for whom 1984 was once many years ahead.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:55 PM

Saw this at Richmond last week.

Staging and acting is exemplary.

The last 10 minutes are nail bitingly tense.

However, the story is a bit thin.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 02:04 PM

Saw it at oxford and reviewed for Thepublicreviews

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 02:42 PM

I appreciated the very intelligent distillation of themes, but I found the whole thing alienating, repetitive and dramatically inert (in spite of the many theatrics and impressive resources on display).  Will be interested to see how this is adapted for the Almeida, as I don't see how the staging can be achieved there in its current form.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 08:05 PM

I'll go see this - we did it at A level and I managed an exam on the thing without having read it from cover to cover so it'll be nice to fill in some parts of the storyline, that maybe the film version missed (as long as they avoid Emmerdale's Shirley Stelfox/Edna recreating her prostitute!).
If I stay awake, it must be good.





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