George Orwell’s 1984 at Blackpool Grand Theatre

September 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm
One of the most successful books ever written, George Orwell’s 1984 translates well into a stage production. The smash hit west end play comes the Blackpool’s Grand Theatre between Tuesday 30th September and Saturday 4th October, 2014. Cast of 1984 Re-written by Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan, this adaptation was inspired in the wake of the Snowden revelations, and the idea we are all living in the world Orwell foresaw. A world of state and private broadcast propaganda, and two-way monitoring of every aspect of the lives of the worlds’ citizens. The plot is spun to represent more about state-sponsored torture, than the original focus on Stalinism. Sam Crane plays Winston, the protagonist who feels angry and emotional to the audience, whilst Tim Dutton plays the truth soldier O’Brien with aplomb. Stage Production highlights An intense theatrical vision addresses the headiness of torture scenes and creepy characters that create Orwell’s world. A contemporary adaptation makes the production spellbinding, yet troubling, and you can feel the audience thinking in angst about how the private lives’ of citizens today are not as free from state intrusion as we might like to believe. The Play’s notoriety 1984 was a dystopian novel published by George Orwell in 1949. The novel is set in the mythical Airstrip One, formerly known as Great Britain, in the province of a superstate called Oceania. The world is forever at war, and in a state of constant surveillance. The public are persecuted for any individual ideas that might be construed as ‘thoughtcrimes’. The fictional work rings alarm bells today, as it did then, for the thematic exploration of the penalties of coming up against ‘the system’. The novel became notorious for its seemingly predictive powers, as Orwell writes of surveillance cameras and The Ministry of Truth, which resembles today’s spy agencies and the CCTV cameras we are all very familiar with now. In 2013, sales of 1984 increased seven times within the first week of the mass surveillance leaks in the United States (attributed to NSA operations). The cultural impact of a book criticising the Stalinist state, totalitarianism, and oppression, tells of societies suffering under strict controls - where the intellectuals, academics, lovers, poets and warriors get tortured if they question the system. Where to Stay Why not come and see George Orwell’s amazing play at one of the most beautiful and intact Victorian Theatres available in the UK? The Blackpool Grande is a wonderful theatre setting, and you’ll feel transported back in time by the ambience. When visiting Blackpool, there’s no better place to stay than with us, at The Carn Brae Hotel. We are conveniently located in the centre of town