I went to see the stage version of 1984 on September 4th at the Playhouse Theatre.
The production last 101 minutes and was an emotionally draining, but ultimately fascinating piece of theatre. As well as being an accurate condensation of the book, the play asked how much of the 1949 novel is true today and audience members’ answers will probably vary depending how much interaction they have with ‘the authorities’. The use of strobe lighting, video, and quick changes of scene left me giddy at times, but my awareness of being watched was certainly heightened – after leaving the theatre I did notice how many security cameras there are around London. The scene with Winston in Room 101 was harrowing and not for the faint-hearted.
If you should ever have a chance of seeing this play, go and see it. If not, please read the book and see for yourself whether you recognise the modern day. It won’t be “the worst thing in the world” you will ever do.