Ages: 13+
Opened: June 22, 2017
Closing: October 08, 2017

1984 - 2017 - Broadway History , Info & More

Hudson Theatre (Broadway)
141 W. 44th St. New York, NY

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

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‘1984’ Broadway Review: Olivia Wilde, Tom Sturridge & Reed Birney Revive Orwell’s Grim Tale
8 / 10

Such hucksterism really is unnecessary, however. The show memorably reinvents one of the most terrifying tales of modern times, one that also happens to be among the best known, not only through the popularity of the 1949 novel, but in films - especially the 1984 version (!) starring John Hurt, Richard Burton and Jan Sterling. And although the import this limited run was prompted by the election of Donald J. Trump, the production makes no pandering attempt at relevance (as was the case with the recently closed Julius Caesar in Central Park). It lets Orwell speak for himself, and he does just fine, thank you, though in a distilled version that must make blatantly visual what the novel takes pains to incite in the consciousness.

8 / 10

When was the last time you felt scared at the theater? Not disturbed or perturbed or provoked, but scared? The harrowing climactic torture scene of 1984, adapted from George Orwell's novel by directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, is intense in a way I've never seen on Broadway: It's gut-churning. Children under 13 have been barred from attending it; even adults may shake in their seats, or at least avert their eyes. This gripping show rewards watching, though, and not just in that visit to Room 101 at the grotesquely named Ministry of Love. Orwell's vision of a surveillance state awash in groupthink and propaganda was published in 1949 and set in 1984, but it remains uncannily suggestive of the present and the future.

Big Brother Out! 1984 Takes Final Broadway Bow Today
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.

Photo Coverage: 1984 Celebrates 101 Broadway Performances!
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!

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Actress & Author Alexandra Silber and Tony-Winner Reed Birney
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.

VIDEO: Olivia Wilde Sends Jennifer Lawrence Matzah Ball Soup Following '1984' Incident
by Caryn Robbins - 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.

Tom Sturridge Reportedly Collapses Onstage During '1984' Torture Scene
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.

Photo Flash: 1984 Audience Strikes a Pose for Big Brother
by Nicole Rosky - 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. 

VIDEO: Olivia Wilde Talks Telling 'Intense Story' in Broadway's '1984'
by Caryn Robbins - 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!

Photo Coverage: Big Brother Has its Eyes on the 1984 Opening Night Celebration
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!

BWW Review: 1984 Takes Playgoers Back To The Future
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.'

Review Roundup: Big Brother Has Its Eyes on Opening Night of 1984
by A.A. Cristi - 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.

No '1984' After 2004: Broadway Production Announces Age Restriction
by A.A. Cristi - 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!

VIDEO: Olivia Wilde Says Broadway's 1984 Is Like 'A Really Scary Ride'
by Caryn Robbins - 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."

VIDEO: Olivia Wilde Talks 'Disturbing' Relevance of Broadway's '1984'
by Caryn Robbins - 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.

Robert Icke to Join Duncan Macmillan in 1984 Discussion at Drama Book Shop
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.

Playwright Duncan Macmillan to Talk Broadway-Bound 1984 at Drama Book Shop
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.

UP ON THE MARQUEE: 1984 Brings Dystopia to Broadway
by Walter McBride - May 13, 2017

1984 is ready to bring dystopia to Broadway this summer. See the brand-new photos of the show's marquee which went up this week at Broadway's latest addition, the Hudson Theater. 

TodayTix Offering First-Ever Presale for Broadway Premiere of 1984
by BWW News Desk - April 11, 2017

Mobile ticketing app TodayTix - which, until now, has exclusively connected ticket buyers with last minute offerings only - announced today that it will offer its first-ever presale in partnership with the highly-anticipated Broadway Premiere of George Orwell's 1984 starring Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde in her Broadway debut, and Tony Award winner Reed Birney.

Breaking News: Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde & Reed Birney Will Lead 1984 on Broadway
by Nicole Rosky - April 3, 2017

Producers Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin announced today that Tony® Award nominee Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde in her Broadway debut, and Tony® Award winner Reed Birney will lead the cast of the Broadway Premiere of the new stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984.  The trio, who will portray the novel's classic characters Winston Smith, Julia and O'Brien, respectively, will be joined by Wayne Duvall (Parsons), Carl Hendrick Louis (Martin), Nick Mills (Syme), Michael Potts (Charrington), and Cara Seymour (Mrs. Parsons). 

UK Transfer of 1984 Will Begin Broadway Previews This May
by Nicole Rosky - March 17, 2017

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this year, the lauded stage adaptation of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel 1984 will soon make the leap from the London to Broadway. The show will officially begin previews at the Hudson Theatre on May 18, with an opening night scheduled for June 22.


1984 has had 2 productions including West End which opened in 2016 and Broadway which opened in 2017.
1984 has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play for Tom Gibbons.
1984 has been nominated for several awards. It received nominations for Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play at the Drama Desk Awards, with Natasha Chivers being recognized for her work. The show also received a nomination for Outstanding Sound Design in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards, with Tim Gibbons being acknowledged for his contribution. Additionally, 1984 received a nomination for Outstanding Projection Design at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, with Tim Reid being recognized for his work in this category.



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