1984 - Broadway
Following four wildly successful U.K. runs, the "hair-raisingly vivid" (New York Magazine) stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, 1984, comes to New York in what The Huffington Post calls "an unforgettable jolt of high-voltage theatre that is literally shocking."
One of the most widely referenced and best known fiction titles of all time, 1984 has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 65 languages. Now, Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have adapted this iconic novel into "a chilling, ingenious 101 minutes of theatre" (The London Times) starring Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde, and Reed Birney.
"Imagine that sound of a roller coaster clanking slowly up to the top of its tallest drop." - T. Michelle Murphy, Metro
"When was the last time you felt scared at the theater? Not disturbed or perturbed or provoked, but scared? 1984 is intense in a way I've never seen on Broadway." Adam Feldman, Time Out
Featured Reviews For 1984
‘1984’ review: Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde in Orwell’s still-pertinent story - Newsday
The show doesn't convincingly bring to life this constant invasion of privacy, but gains traction as soon as the affair is exposed as Winston, screaming like the damned, endures terrifying "re-education" at the hands of O'Brien (Tony winner Reed Birney, most recently of "The Humans"), whose preternaturally calm demeanor contrasts with his inhuman actions. Even a possibly optimistic coda about the end of the dictatorship fails to reassure. When lies are the norm, how can you tell that they have stopped?
‘1984’ review: Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge shine in exciting, unpredictable dystopian play - amNY
Running about 101 minutes (in a nod to "room 101," the novel's chamber of horrors), this visceral and unpredictable staging is more exciting and effective than this summer's other politically-oriented productions (including Robert Schenkkan's prison drama "Building the Wall" and The Public Theater's uneasily Trump-infused "Julius Caesar").
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by Stephi Wild - October 8, 2017
Today 1984 closes on Broadway, after completing its limited engagement. Take a look back on the show's journey.
by Walter McBride - September 18, 2017
100 performances is a major milestone on Broadway, but 101 is even better at the Hudson Theatre. Broadway's dystopian thriller 1984 just celebrated its 101st performance and BroadwayWorld was on hand for the festivities!
by Theater People Podcast - August 7, 2017
On Monday, August 7th Theater People podcast welcomes Alexandra Silber and Reed Birney in a two-part episode. In the first segment, Silber discusses her new novel 'After Anatevka' which tells the story of Hodel, the middle daughter in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, after the action of the beloved musical ends. Silber also discusses her career in The West End (THE WOMAN IN WHITE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and on Broadway (MASTER CLASS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and shares how her life journey prepared her to write her book. In the second segment, Tony winner Reed Birney discusses his work in the provocative new production of 1984, a play based on George Orwell's 1949 novel.
by BWW News Desk - July 26, 2017
During the appearance, a caller asked the actress if she's gotten an apology from actress Jennifer Lawrence after Jennifer reportedly vomited during Wilde's highly intense play.
by Caryn Robbins - July 24, 2017
Amidst reports of audience members fainting and vomiting during the new Broadway production of '1984', Page Six of the New York Post reports today that the show's star, Tom Sturridge, had to be taken out on a stretcher after collapsing during the show's intense torture scene.
by BWW News Desk - July 20, 2017
In celebration of the headline-grabbing Broadway stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, as well as the novel's resurgence at the top of the best-seller lists, Penguin Random House gifted copies of the classic novel to the entire sold-out audience at a recent (9PM) performance. Directly following the show's curtain call, audience members participated in a one-time-only photo-taken from the stage- at Broadway's newly restored Hudson Theatre.
by TV News Desk - July 7, 2017
Olivia Wilde stopped by this morning's LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, to discuss her hit Broadway play '1984' 'We're kind of just doing everything necessary to tell the story right,' explains the actress of the intense, high stakes show. Watch the appearance below!
by Walter McBride - June 23, 2017
Adapted and directed by Icke and Macmillan, 1984 officially arrives in New York this evening on the heels of four wildly successful U.K. runs. The strictly limited engagement began performances on May 18, 2017, and opened last night on Broadway at the new Hudson Theatre. Check out photos from the opening night celebration below!
by Michael Dale - June 23, 2017
Ronald Reagan was re-elected president, the first human baby conceived by artificial insemination was born and the Tigers won the World Series, but for much of the world, the public perception of the year 1984 was forever shaped in 1949, with the publishing of George Orwell's dystopian novel, titled 'Nineteen Eighty-Four.'
by Review Roundups - June 22, 2017
Adapted and directed by Icke and Macmillan, 1984 officially arrives in New York this evening on the heels of four wildly successful U.K. runs. The strictly limited engagement began performances on May 18, 2017, and tonight is opening night on Broadway at the new Hudson Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - June 21, 2017
Producers Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin announced today that the Broadway Premiere of the new stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian novel, 1984, will implement, effective immediately, an Age Restriction Policy: No theatergoers born after 2004 will be admitted to 1984. Audience members must be age 13 years or older in order to enter the Hudson Theatre. For tickets and info, visithttp://www.revisedtruth.com/.
Photo Flash: Big Brother Is Watching... Get a First Look at Reed Birney, Tom Sturridge and Olivia Wilde in 1984 on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - June 20, 2017
Broadway's 1984, starring Olivia Wilde, Tom Sturridge and Reed Birney, opens on Broadway on Thursday, June 22 at the Hudson Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars onstage below!
by BWW News Desk - June 15, 2017
Actress, producer and busy mom of two, Olivia Wilde is now making her Broadway debut in a stage adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel "1984." She stopped by this morning's TODAY to tell Savannah Guthrie that the immersive play like "a really scary ride."
by BWW News Desk - June 14, 2017
On last night's LATE SHOW, guest Olivia Wilde discussed making her Broadway debut in the upcoming Broadway rendition of George Orwell's classic novel '1984', and explains the resurgence of the story's relevance.
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017
The Drama Book Shop has announced that acclaimed playwright and director Robert Icke will join his 1984 collaborator Duncan Macmillan for the previously announced discussion and signing on Thursday, May 25th.
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017
The Drama Book Shop will welcome acclaimed playwright Duncan Macmillan for a discussion and signing on Thursday, May 25th.