Cast announced for immersive stage adaptation of 1984 in London

Casting has been announced for a new immersive theatrical version of George Orwell’s 1984 in London.

Pure Expression present the production, adapted for the stage by Adam Taub, opening at Hackney Town Hall from 26 October.

Making up the cast will be Jude Akuwudike (O’Brien), Kit Reeve (Julia) and Declan Rodgers (Winston).

Jem Wall and Richard Hahlo the creators of Hydrocracker Theatre, direct this reimagination of 1984 which places the audience in the heart of the action.

It is the age of total surveillance.

Everything you say or do is scrutinised and recorded. Even your innermost thoughts are probed. You cannot be too careful.

In an era when we are tracked, monitored, and influenced, Orwell’s dystopian vision has never been closer to reality.

The production has sound design by Thor Aswarm, set design by Dr Jeroen Van Dooren and lighting design by Jonathan Simpson.

Adam Taub said: “The show is directed by Richard and Jem from Hydrocracker Theatre who specialise in creating site specific and immersive work and have collaborated extensively with major theatre festivals creating work that really moves and challenges audiences. In Jude, Kit and Declan they have a superbly talented core of actors that have captivated audiences across the theatre and film world. And with an ensemble cast drawn from drama schools across London, we have a really exciting company and we can’t wait for the opening night.”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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