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

9 MAR - 25 MAR 2018 — Drama



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


1 hour and 40 minutes without an interval


Recommended for ages 14+. Contains violence, strobe lighting, loud sound effects.

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. Orwell’s fiction has become our reality.

Produced by UK theatrical innovators Headlong, together with Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre, George Orwell’s dystopian classic came roaring onto the stage in 2013 and, since then, has become an international phenomenon.

Seen by over 500,000 people worldwide, it has enjoyed three hugely successful West End seasons and a season on Broadway. Now Auckland Theatre Company has teamed up with the Auckland Festival and GWB Entertainment to present the New Zealand premiere of this international touring phenomenon as part of our 25th-birthday subscription season.

A literary masterpiece meets sheer theatrical ambition as one of the twentieth century’s greatest novels is given new life by some of British theatre’s fastest-rising stars.

1984. Book now. Big Brother is watching!

1984 is a Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production, presented by Auckland Arts Festival and GWB Entertainment in association with Auckland Theatre Company and State Theatre Company South Australia.


George Orwell


Robert Icke

Co-Adaptor / Director

Duncan Macmillan

Co-Adaptor / Director

Chloe Lamford


Natasha Chivers

Lighting Designer

Tom Gibbons

Sound Designer

Tim Reid

Video Designer

Corey McMahon

Associate Director (Australia)

Marc Gough

Associate Lighting Designer

Richard Bell

Associate Sound Designer

Ian Valkeith

Associate Video Designer

Shannon Rush

Assistant Director

Simon Stollery

Voice & Dialect Coach (Australian Tour 2017)

Tiffany Knight

Voice & Dialect Coach (Auckland season)


Paul Blackwell


Tom Conroy


Terence Crawford


Rose Riley


Bill Allert


Guy O’Grady


Simon London


Fiona Press

Mrs Parsons

Madeleine Walker


Tia Ormsby


Dates &

Thu 22 Mar 8:00 PM

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Fri 23 Mar 8:00 PM

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Sat 24 Mar 2:00 PM Matinee

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Sat 24 Mar 8:00 PM

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Sun 25 Mar 4:00 PM

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Matinee $74 - $104

Preview $69 - $87

Standard $79 - $109

Special Events

Pre-book your car park

Take the hassle out of finding a car park when you come to the show and pre-book your car park at the Hamer Street car park.

The Hamer Street car park is $8, and only a 5 minute walk from the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Spaces are limited.

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Show Programme


This is theatre at its most unusual, challenging and memorable.


Sunday 18 Mar, 2:45pm (4.00pm show)

Come along and mingle with like-minded theatregoers and gain a deeper understanding of the context of the play at EAT/TALK/PLAY. These events include a seat at our pre-show talk in the Villa Maria Gallery 75 minutes prior to the performance, as well as a show programme and afternoon tea with coffee, tea and a glass of wine. A booking for the event is required. Food and beverage packages are $15.

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Pre-Show Touch Tour & Audio Described performance

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 Touch tour 6pm (Meet in foyer 5.45pm). Audio described performance 7pm.