Tim Dutton in 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre
Cast Revealed for the Upcoming Return of the hit George Orwell Adaptation
In April it was revealed that the popular production of 1984, the co-production between the Headlong Theatre company, the Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre, would be returning to the West End this June, giving London theatre audiences in the capital another chance to see this new version of George Orwell’s classic.
Now the cast members have been revealed for the production, with Tim Dutton set to reprise his role as O’Brien on the stage, with Matthew Spencer stepping up to the role of Winston Smith.
1984 is of course the classic story of a dystopian future London, which goes by the name Airstrip One and is part of a superstate known as Oceania. The world is depicted in the aftermath of a global war and three superstates now exist as a consequence, with Winston Smith inhabiting Oceania and working for the Ministry of Truth. His world changes when he meets a woman and decides to rebel against the system, a course of action that puts him at odds with the figurehead known as Big Brother.
This new version of the story utilises the appendices of the book to add even more to the tale, giving it a unique angle even for those that are familiar with the original novel.
Actor Tim Dutton has appeared in a range of parts for the screen, ranging from the hit series Alley McBeal to the film The Bourne Identity. His credits include Bonkers, DCI Banks, Midsomer Murders, Harley Street, New Tricks and the film The Detonator. His appearance in 1984 when it was staged at the Almeida Theatre was a big casting coupe that ensured a recognisable face for the production when it originally opened.
His fellow cast members for the show will include Stephen Fewell, Mandi Symonds, Christopher Patrick Nolan, and Ben Porter. plus Gavin Spokes and Simon Coates (both as Parsons, with the former lasting until 19th June 2015).
1984 makes its anticipated return to the Playhouse Theatre from Thursday 18th June 2015 (previews from Friday 12th June 2015) to Saturday 5th September 2015.