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Winston Smith lives in a world of absolute conformity, his every action is scrutinized by Big Brother. However, when Winston meets Julia he dares to rebel by falling in love.

Based on George Orwell's masterpiece and created by Guest Choreographer and former Royal Ballet dancer Jonathan Watkins, 1984 will change the way you think about ballet.

The brand new score from Tony-nominated Composer Alex Baranowski, who has recently worked with award-winning band The xx, is played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Pushing the boundaries of contemporary ballet, see this critically acclaimed new show as it tours Edinburgh, Southampton and London through spring 2016.



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Running Time

  • Act 1 52 minutes
  • Interval 20 minutes
  • Act 2 45 minutes

Total 1 hour 57 minutes (approx)

Contains flashing images.

Parental guidance1984 contains some scenes of an adult nature.

Based on 1984 by George Orwell (©1949) by permission of Bill Hamilton as the Literary Executor of the Estate of the late Sonia Brownell Orwell.

The Orwell Society

Creative Team

Production supported by

Garfield Weston Foundation
The Emerald Foundation
Idlewild Trust
PRS for Music