Orwell’s book hits the stage

1984 at Nottingham Playhouse''Photo by Manuel Harlan
1984 at Nottingham Playhouse''Photo by Manuel Harlan

The new autumn season of plays is up and running at Nottingham Playhouse, starting with the current production of 1984.

The adaptation of the famous George Orwell book can be seen there until September 28.

Described as one of the defining novels of the 20th century, George Orwell’s 1984 explores the concept of total state control.

It remains one of the most powerful warnings ever issued against the dangers of a totalitarian society.

In our age of mass surveillance, state spying online and GPS tracking, 1984 is as relevant now as it’s ever been.

The novel has regularly been adapted for film, TV, radio and theatre since its publication in the late 1940s and remains as popular and prophetic as ever.

This latest version of 1984 is a co-production with Headlong and will be directed by Robert Icke who brought Playhouse audiences Romeo and Juliet in 2012.

1984 runs until Saturday, September 28 and tickets are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.

Following this, celebrated Nottingham author Michael Eaton brings Charlie Peace- His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend to the theatre in October.

The greatest celebrity Victorian villain, Charlie Peace’s life became legend. He was a master of disguise, an accomplished musician and on the run. This modern musical melodrama asks the question why, now as then, are we terrified of crime but fascinated by criminals?

Premiering in Nottingham, it runs from October 4-19 and will feature traditional folk songs and the work of internationally renowned graphic artist, Eddie Campbell.