There is perhaps no work of 20th-century fiction that has been yoked to more contemporary political debates than George Orwell’s cryptic allegorical novel, 1984. As a testimony to the work’s influence, the very number itself, the phrase “Big Brother is watching,” and even the adjective “Orwellian” have all entered our sociopolitical lingua franca. Timothy Garton Ash, writing in the New York Review of Books, calls the book “indispensable for understanding modern history.”
It therefore gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our presentation of a much acclaimed international production of 1984. Without giving anything away, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you on Orwell, a few thoughts on the adaptation, and a few elements unique to this production:
I could not be more proud to share this production with you. We look forward to seeing you in our theatres again soon.
Shakespeare Theatre Company