1984 (2017)

Sydney Theatre Company in association with State Theatre Company South Australia & by arrangement with Ambassador Theatre Group


“This compelling incarnation of Orwell’s dystopia makes you gasp.”
The Age

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

Orwell’s dystopian future is now

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

Published in 1949, George Orwell’s book helped define the 20th century. Now, 1984 is re-examined in this radical, award-winning international theatrical blockbuster seen by more than a quarter of a million people.

An exploration of surveillance and identity, 1984 presented a vision of the future that looks a lot like our present. Orwell’s fiction has become our reality. Described as “masterfully constructed and chillingly frank” (Limelight Magazine), this stage adaptation is a dynamic, political, technology-enhanced dive into Orwell’s complex vision.

Produced by British theatre innovators Headlong along with Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre, this production’s success has led to multiple seasons on the West End and numerous international festival appearances. With an Australian cast set for a national tour, this is an arresting production not to be missed.

  • Advanced English: Module A Comparative Study of Text and Context, Elective 2 Intertextual Perspectives, Prose Fiction and Film
  • Appropriation

  • Power
  • Politics, nationhood, government
  • Individual versus the institution

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Violence, strobe light, loud sound effects Recommended for Years 9-12

Show Details



Year Level Suitability

7-9 to 10-12

Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama


Power, Politics, Nationhood, Government, Individual Versus The Institution




1hr 40mins (no interval)


$25.00/student 1 teacher attends free with up to 20 students and 1 teacher free per 20 students after that $32.00/additional teacher


Roslyn Packer Theatre (Walsh Bay, NSW)

School Term:
Term 3


Unfortunately our Schools Day performances of 1984 is currently sold out. However, your school group is welcome to attend another matinee or evening performance of 1984. Please contact education@sydneytheatre.com.au for more information.


Wed 19 July, 11:30am - SOLD OUT. Contact us to be placed on our waitlist

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