Immersive stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 to open in London

An immersive theatrical version of George Orwell’s 1984 is to open in London!

Pure Expression present the production, adapted for the stage by Adam Taub at Hackney Town Hall from 26 October – 26 November 2023, with previews from 19 October.

Directed by Jem Wall and Richard Hahlo the creators of Hydrocracker Theatre, this reimagination of 1984, 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.

Playwright Adam Taub said: “In the era of Google, Amazon and Meta, when our every move is monitored and recorded, there is no more relevant story than 1984.”

Richard Hahlo added: “This stunning Art Deco building is the perfect setting for the Ministry of Truth and the show uses all of its grand and hidden spaces. We are really excited that audiences will get to experience Orwell’s warning cry in the civic splendour of Hackney Town Hall.”

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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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