Summer Broadway Opening Set for '1984'

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Stephen Fewell in the touring production of '1984'

Producers Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin will present the new adaptation of George Orwell's classic about a dystopian future, which has made a recent return to the best-seller charts.

Following four successful U.K. runs and international tour dates including Los Angeles early last year, the new stage adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, will open at New York's Hudson Theatre in June, making it the first production of the 2017-18 Broadway season.

Producers Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin will present the transfer, which begins its limited engagement June 22. The show was originally produced in the U.K. by Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre, London.

Orwell's novel has seen a recent surge in sales as political pundits and editorialists draw parallels between the contemporary rise of far-right political movements and the author's bleak vision of a future in which critical thought is suppressed by a totalitarian regime, ostensibly overseen by a party leader known as Big Brother. First published in 1949, the book is currently at No. 1 on the Amazon best-seller list and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide since publication.

Casting for the Broadway run is to be announced.

The play drew superlative reviews in London. "It is no mean feat to offer a new perspective on a familiar work," wrote Michael Billington in The Guardian. "That, however, is what Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillian, as joint creators of this new version of George Orwell's famous novel, have ingeniously done."

1984 will follow the limited engagement of Sunday in the Park With George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, into the Hudson. That production runs from Feb. 11 through April 23. The venue reopens this year under Ambassador Theatre Group after major refurbishment, operating as an official Broadway house for the first time since 1968.

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