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Orwell's "1984" to hit Broadway

Orwell's "1984" to hit BroadwayA new British stage adaptation of George Orwell's well-known novel is coming to the U.S. The 2017-2018 Broadway season will kick off with the London production of "1984".

Adapted from George Orwell's chilling 1949 novel, Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's stage version is set to begin performances at the Hudson Theatre on June 22.

Following the 2016 election, the novel "1984" has recently skyrocketed on bestseller lists in the U.S. The story is set in a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed by a totalitarian government. There have been two film versions of the novel: one in 1956 that starred Edmond O'Brien and Michael Redgrave another in the year 1984 that starred John Hurt and Richard Burton.

This adaptation of "1984" was originally produced in the UK by Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse, and the Almeida Theatre, London. The stage adaptation has had four lauded runs in the UK. Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman will produce the Broadway transfer.

The creative team for the Broadway production consists of scenic and costume designer Chloe Lamford, sound designer Chloe Gibbons, lighting designer Natasha Chivers, sound designer Tom Gibbons and video designer Tim Reid.

Casting will be announced at a later date.
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