Andrew Gower in 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre
One of the big success stories of recent year has been the production of 1984 that has appeared in Nottingham, Islington and the West End since 2013. The newly-adapted play, which utilises the appendices of the original novel to flesh the story out further, has recently embarked on a world tour that saw it staged in Australia and the United States, but now it is set to return to the West End for a run beginning in June 2016.
And now we get details of the cast for the production, with Andrew Gower taking on the lead role of Winston Smith. It will be the West End debut for an actor best known for appearing in television shows like Being Human and his appearance in 1984 will also see him work alongside names like Catrin Stewart, Daniel Rabin, Rosie Ede, Joshua Higgott, Angus Wright, Richard Katz and Anthony O’Donnell, amongst others.
1984 is George Orwell’s classic dystopian story of Winston Smith, who lives in Airstrip One (formerly London), a part of the superstate known as Oceania.. A global war has changed the world and in Airstrip One Winston must abide by the rules of the ever-watching Big Brother as a worker for the Ministry of Truth. When he decides he wants to rebel against the state, he faces some shocking consequences.
As Winston Smith, Gower will be harnessing skills he has developed in numerous stage and screen roles over the years. Audiences might recognise him for his part in Being Human, though he has also appeared in The White Queen and the film Rosewater. For the stage, audiences have previously witnessed him in shows like The Conquest Of The South Pole at the Arcola Theatre, Terror Tales at the Hampstead Theatre and First Time Voters at the Bush Theatre in West London.
He is not the only familiar face, however, as Catrin Stewart has appeared in the likes of Doctor Who (as Jenny), Misfits (as Lily) and stage productions like The Cherry Orchard at the Young Vic Theatre.
1984 returns to the Playhouse Theatre from June and will play at the West End venue throughout the summer months.