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A literary masterpiece meets sheer theatrical ambition.

State Theatre Company in association with Adelaide Festival Centre by arrangement with GWB Entertainment and Ambassador Theatre Group present the Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse & Almeida Theatre production

By George Orwell | A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.

Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical and much-lauded staging explores surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

Produced by UK theatrical innovators Headlong along with Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre,  George Orwell’s dystopian classic came roaring onto the stage in 2013 and since then it has become an international phenomenon. Seen by over 400,000 people worldwide, it has enjoyed three hugely successful West End seasons as well as an international tour including a sold out season at the Melbourne Festival. Now with a brand new Australian cast, we bring adapter-directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s thrilling vision to launch its national Australian tour in Adelaide.

Don’t miss the chance to see one of the 20th century’s greatest novels be given new life by some of the British theatre’s fastest rising stars.

Run time: 101 minutes (no interval)

Warnings: It contains simulated violence, blood, loud sound effects, theatrical haze, strobe lighting and cigarette smoking.

People who are blind or have low vision can now book for Audio Described performances online: May 20 at 2pm and May 22 at 6:30pm

STATE ED: Download the Pre Show Briefing notes, Study Guide and Audience Etiquette Guide.


Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan

Associate Director (Australia)

Corey McMahon


Chloe Lamford

Lighting Designer

Natasha Chivers

Sound Designer

Tom Gibbons

Video Designer

Tim Reid


Paul Blackwell
Tom Conroy
Terence Crawford
Ursula Mills
Renato Musolino
Guy O'Grady
Trinity O’Shea
Yalin Ozucelik
Bianca Pisani
Fiona Press

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Opening Night
Audio Described
Off Stage Post-Show Party
Keith's Matinee Club
Night With State


Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (Copyright, 1949) by permission of Bill Hamilton as the Literary Executor of the Estate of the Late Sonia Brownell Orwell, in a new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan