Special deal as Orwell’s classic heads to Grand

The cast of Headlong Theatre's Olivier Award nominated production of 1984
The cast of Headlong Theatre's Olivier Award nominated production of 1984
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A five-star, Olivier Award-nominated production of George Orwell’s 1984 will open in Blackpool next week - with a special deal of two tickets for £19.84.

The critically-acclaimed production from Headlong Theatre comes to town for a week from Tuesday, with the offer part of the Grand Theatre’s 120th anniversary celebrations.

The run of 1984 at the Grand is the only time this celebrated version of the modern classic will be seen in the North West.

Theatregoers can claim one of 120 pairs of opening night tickets for the price of £19.84 at the box office in Church Street, online at www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk and by phone on (01253) 290190 and quoting BIRTHDAY120.

A spokesperson for the Grand Theatre said: “The Grand is proud to be able to bring Headlong’s daring and innovative production of 1984 to Blackpool following its highly acclaimed West End run. 1984 is only travelling to seven other venues and with this offer to celebrate our 120th year we want to enable the people of Blackpool, Wyre, Fylde and beyond the opportunity to come and enjoy an unforgettable night out at our theatre.”

This version of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984 is directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan and has been hailed as ‘mesmerising and chilling’.

It started its first tour at Nottingham Playhouse in 2013, before transferring to a 10-week sell-out run in London. Now Headlong Theatre is taking this exceptional and unique performance on a second national tour to just eight venues.

The play was nominated in the ‘best new play’ category of this year’s Olivier Awards, and its visit to the Grand has been described as ‘a real coup for Blackpool and the theatre’.

1984 was published in 1949, and is regarded as one of the most influential novels in recent history, attaining a cult status with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind control. Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality.