Play of Ge­orge Or­well’s ‘1984’ com­ing to Broad­way

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

A new Bri­tish stage adap­ta­tion of Ge­orge Or­well’s chill­ing dystopic novel “1984” is com­ing to an Amer­ica where is­sues of “newspeak” and sur­veil­lance are quite rel­e­vant. Pro­duc­ers So­nia Fried­man and Scott Rudin said Thurs­day that the play will open in June at the Hud­son The­atre. Nom­i­nated for an Olivier Award, it was cre­ated by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmil­lan. No cast­ing was re­vealed. First pub­lished in 1949, Or­well’s clas­sic tale of a so­ci­ety run by Big Brother in which facts are dis­torted and sup­pressed in a cloud of “newspeak” has topped the Ama­ best­seller lists. The re­newed in­ter­est comes on the heels of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s un­founded al­le­ga­tion that mil­lions of il­le­gal votes were cast against him last fall and an ad­viser coin­ing the phrase “al­ter­na­tive facts.”

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