Northern Ballet return to Sheffield with a thrilling adaptation of George Orwell’s cult novel 1984, adapted and choreographed by Bradford-born Jonathan Watkins, from Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 October at the Lyceum Theatre.
Ministry of Truth worker Winston Smith lives in a world of absolute conformity, his every action scrutinised by Big Brother. Whilst outwardly conforming to Party doctrine, he is secretly disillusioned, illegally documenting his thoughts in a diary. When he unexpectedly receives a love note from Julia, a colleague he suspected on spying on him for the Thought Police, they embark on an illicit affair, leading a dangerous double life and putting physical desire above Party discipline. As their romance develops and they prepare for an act of political rebellion, Winston and Julia discover that Big Brother is always watching and no one can be trusted; least of all themselves.
Choreographed by Jonathan Watkins, (whose acclaimed adaptation of Kes, produced by Sheffield Theatres, had its World Première at the Crucible as part of last years’ Yorkshire Festival,) Northern Ballet’s 1984 is the first full-length ballet adaptation of George Orwell’s renowned novel.
The production is set to an original score by Tony-nominated Composer and Arranger Alex Baranowski, who also created the score for Kes and has recently worked with Mercury Prize winning band The xx.
Audiences will not want to miss this powerful and thought-provoking ballet based on Orwell’s classic story.
Northern Ballet’s 1984 visits the Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 October. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £12.00 – £37.00 and can be purchased in person at Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office, by calling 0114 249 6000 or online at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk. A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office, excluding cash.