Looking ahead to the 2017-18 season on Broadway, full casting has been announced for the Broadway premiere of George Orwell’s 1984.
Producers Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin proudly announced the full casting for the highly anticipated production that will kick off the new Broadway season before the 2017 Tony Awards even hit the stage. Orwell’s 1984 is set to come to life on Broadway beginning previews May 18th before officially opening June 22nd, 2017 at The Hudson Theatre.The production comes to Broadway following four successful runs in the U.K., including one in London’s West End (Pictured Right). The novel has been adapted for the stage and is directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan. The rest of the creative team includes Chloe Lamford as scenic and costume designer, Natasha Chiveras as lighting designer, Tom Gibbons as sound designer and Tim Reid as video designer.
Leading the cast is Tony Award winner Reed Birney as O’Brien, Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge as Winston Smith and Olivia Wilde, making her Broadway debut, as Julia. The rest of the cast includes Wayne Duvall as Parsons, Carl Hendrick Louis as Martin, Nick Mills as Syme, Michael Potts as Charrington and Cara Seymour as Mrs. Parsons.
Olivia Wilde (Pictured Left) is an actress, model and producer who is best known for her work in both films and on television. On TV, Wilde has appeared in the award-winning series House, in addition to Portlandia, Doll & Em, The O.C. and Vinyl. She was nominated for a Screen Actor’s Guild Award in 2009 for her work in House. On the screen, she is best known for her work in Alpha Dog, Tron: Legacy Cowboys & Aliens, Her, Drinking Buddies, and Rush but has appeared in over three dozen films. She is married to actor and comedian Jason Sudeikis and recently gave birth to their second child.
LUNER LOWDOWN: George Orwell’s 1984 couldn’t find itself on Broadway at a more relevant time. Given the current political climate worldwide, especially in the United States under the Trump administration, American’s are now more than ever before relating to this piece penned almost 75 years ago about a distant future that has managed to sneak up on us. I’m thrilled to see another production head into the gorgeous Hudson directly after Sunday and am looking forward to this show making it’s U.S. premiere!
Many thanks to the 1984 Facebook Page for the featured photo in this article.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as 1984 makes its way to Broadway as the first official production of the 2017-18 season!