Audience members of Broadway's 1984 pose for a photo after being gifted copies of the novel.
Audience members of Broadway's 1984 pose for a photo after being gifted copies of the novel.
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Audience members of a recent performance of 1984, now running at Broadway's 970-seat Hudson Theatre, received a complimentary copy of George Orwell's dystopian novel from the book's publisher, Penguin Random House. After the curtain fell for the evening's performance, the audience gathered for a photo that would not only commemorate the evening but keep to the spirit of the novel and its warnings for the future.

One of the most widely referenced and best-known fiction titles of all time, 1984 was published in 1949. The work depicts a dystopian future in which thought is suppressed and a totalitarian regime controls the public.

Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde, and Tony winner Reed Birney portray the novel's characters Winston Smith, Julia, and O'Brien, respectively. They are joined by Wayne Duvall (Parsons), Carl Hendrick Louis (Martin), Nick Mills (Syme), Michael Potts (Charrington), and Cara Seymour (Mrs. Parsons).

Adapted and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, the drama comes to New York after four acclaimed runs in the United Kingdom, with Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin producing.

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