1984
A.R.T. Season
February 14, 2016 - March 6, 2016
The cast of '1984.' Photo: Manuel Harlan
This production contains loud noises including gun shots, bright and flashing lights that create a strobe-like effect, and scenes that some audience members may find disturbing.
By George Orwell
A New Adaptation Created by Robert Icke & Duncan Macmillan 
Presented in association with Headlong, Almeida Theatre, & Nottingham Playhouse

April, 1984. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. This ground-breaking production comes direct from the UK and an extended smash-hit run in the West End.

@americanrep  #1984play

Don't miss the post-performance discussion series co-hosted by A.R.T. and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. Click here for more information about dates and speakers. 

1984 Trailer: 

Big Brother Is Watching

Creative team
Adaptor/Director Robert Icke, Duncan Macmillan
Designer Chloe Lamford
Lighting Designer Natasha Chivers
Sound Designer Tom Gibbons
Video Designer Tim Reid
Associate Director Daniel Raggett
Cast
Parsons Simon Coates
O'Brien Tim Dutton
Charrington Stephen Fewell
Martin Christopher Patrick Nolan
Syme Ben Porter
Winston Matthew Spencer
Mrs Parsons Mandi Symonds
Julia Hara Yannas
Child Faye Giordano, Addison Oken
Additional staff
Production Stage Manager Taylor Brennan
Production Manager

Cate Bates

Associate Video Designer

Ian Valkeith

Re-Lighter

Marc Gough

Re-Sounder

Matthew Russell

Company Stage Manager

Andy Ralph

Technical Stage Manager

Ben Marshall

Deputy Stage Manager

Matthew Lambart

Wardrobe Manager

Ryan Walklett

When action finally erupts about two thirds of the way through, the impact is overwhelming. More

1984‘s theatrical vision of authoritarianism in action is not for the faint of heart. More

George Orwell’s seminal work anticipated not just the surveillance state, but the destruction of language that enables the manipulation of thought. More

Themes of ‘1984’ remain a conversation starter More

This production is a stunning example of the ability of live theater to immerse an audience in the story, to make them feel what the characters feel, and to leave them thinking about what it all means. More

The show now onstage at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge adapted and directed by Robert Icke & Duncan Macmillan is visually shocking and hauntingly acted, a nightmare of twisted reality, torture, and paranoia made flesh. More

The American Repertory Theater is hosting a British production of George Orwell’s “1984” that should shake the cobwebs from your head about a book that many of us last read in high school and barely remember. More

The British theatrical adaptation “1984” reminds us that, in 2016, the novel is far from dated. And it comes to disturbing new life in the touring production that American Repertory Theater is hosting at the Loeb Drama Center. More

The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge is giving audiences a chance to revisit the dystopian novel (originally published in 1949) with a fresh look. More

This “1984” presents a bracing and invigorating night at the theater — like cold water splashing on a telescreen… or an iPhone. More

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Ticket prices

Tickets from $25

Run time

101 minutes

Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Need to know

There is no guarantee that standing room will be available for sold-out performances however, if it becomes available a limited number of standing room tickets may be sold in person for select shows on the day of each show at 12 noon. The number of standing room tickets will not be known in advance of the ticket services office opening at 12PM. Please call our Ticket Services office with any ticket related questions at 617.547.8300. Hours are: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-5PM.

Age Appropriateness

Recommended for grade 10 and up or ages 15+

This production contains loud noises including gun shots, bright and flashing lights that create a strobe-like effect, and scenes that some audience members may find distressing. In-class preparation and/or consultation with the A.R.T. Education Department is encouraged prior to attendance. Please consult the 1984 Toolkit at americanrepertorytheater.org/toolkits for further details.

ASL Interpreted

March 1, 7:30PM & March 5, 2PM 

Audio Described

March 3, 7:30PM & March 6, 2PM

 

 Open Captioned

Feb. 25, 7:30PM & Feb. 28, 2PM

 

Access

Accessibilty
Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

1984 Discussions & Surveillance Cinema Series

 

Discussion Series

Over the run of 1984, A.R.T. will co-host with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard's Kennedy School a series of special panel discussions around questions of surveillance, totalitarianism, and the role of technology in popular uprisings. These discussions are free and open to the public. Click here for more information about dates and speakers.

 

Surveillance Cinema Series

Tuesday, February 9 - Thursday, February 11

Surveillance Cinema Repertory Series

Co-Presented with the Brattle Theatre

In collaboration with the American Repertory Theatre’s run of 1984, The Brattle Theatre offers this series of films examining different aspects of life under the watchful eye of a ‘Big Brother.’ Click here for more information.