What Do Critics Think of Broadway's 1984, Starring Tom Sturridge and Olivia Wilde? | Playbill

The Verdict What Do Critics Think of Broadway's 1984, Starring Tom Sturridge and Olivia Wilde? The George Orwell novel heads to the stage in an intense adaptation.
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The Broadway premiere of 1984 opened officially at the Hudson Theatre June 22. The stage adaptation of George Orwell’s novel, created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, stars Tony winner Reed Birney, Tony nominee Tom Sturridge, and Olivia Wilde in her Broadway debut.

Like the novel, the play is set in a dystopian version of what was once Great Britain, where critical thought is threatened by a totalitarian regime.

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amNY (Matt Windman)

Bloomberg (Jason Zinoman)

Broadway News (Charles Isherwood)

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)

Entertainment Weekly (Isabella Biedenharn)

The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

The Huffington Post (Steven Suskin)

Metro (T.Michelle Murphy)

NBC NY (Robert Kahn)

Newsday (Elizabeth Vincentelli)

New York Magazine (Christopher Bonanos)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

NJ.com (Christopher Kelly)

NY Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

Time Out NY (Adam Feldman)

Washington Post (Peter Marks)

The Wrap (Thom Geier)

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Birney, Wilde, and Sturridge take on the roles of O'Brien, Winston Smith, and Julia, respectively. Joining them are Wayne Duvall as Parsons, Carl Hendrick Louis as Martin, Nick Mills as Syme, Michael Potts as Charrington, and Cara Seymour as Mrs. Parsons.

The staging, produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman, premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in 2013 before transferring the following year to London’s Almeida Theatre, where it went on to play four engagements.

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Take a First Look at Reed Birney and Olivia Wilde in 1984

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