April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him - and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye.
Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell's fiction is often said to be our reality. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical new staging exploring surveillance, identity and how thinking you can fly might actually be the first step to flying.
This new major production explores the world inside Winston Smith's head, as well as the world without, and catches the euphoria and bliss buried deep underneath the cold face of Big Brother. Headlong's version explores why Orwell's gaze is as applicable to the here and now as it ever was.
Headlong continues to interrogate our most important cultural texts, following productions of Faustus, Six Characters in Search of an Author, King Lear, Medea and Romeo and Juliet.
A co-production with Nottingham Playhouse
Catherine Cusack on Playing Polina
Catherine Cusack talks about her approach to playing Polina in The Seagull, focussing on the most important relationship in the character's life.
Eddie Eyre on Playing Yakov
Eddie Eyre discusses the role of the character Yakov in Chekhov's The Seagull and his approach to playing him.
Tiananmen Square, 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, Joe -- a young American photojournalist -- captures a piece of history.
In New York, 2012 Joe is covering a presidential election, marred by debate over cheap labour and the outsourcing of American jobs to Chinese factories. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he? What happened to him? And could he still be alive?
Writer Lucy Kirkwood NSFW (Royal Court), It Felt Empty When The Heart Went At First But It Is Alright Now (Clean Break at the Arcola) and director Lyndsey Turner Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Donmar Warehouse), Posh (Royal Court and West End) make their Almeida debuts with Chimerica, a provocative new play which examines the changing fortunes of two countries whose futures will come to define our own.
A co-production with the Almeida Theatre.
Pearl Chanda on Playing Nina
Pearl Chanda discusses her approach to playing the role of Nina and how the character has been re-imagined by the writer John Donnelly.
The Seagull Trailer
A play about unrequited love - a story about how we create stories - and one of the greatest plays of the modern era. In The Seagull, Chekhov explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet. John Donnelly's new version brings to startling life the rawness, beauty and humour of Chekhov's first major play.
John Donnelly is a past winner of both the PMA Award for Best New Writer and the NSDF Sunday Times Playwriting Award. His plays include Bone (Royal Court), The Knowledge (Bush Theatre), Encourage the Others (Almeida Projects) and Little Russians (Tricylce Theatre). John is currently a visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama and is working on a new commission for the Royal Court.
Blanche McIntyre, 'a rising star' (Evening Standard), is widely recognised as one of the most exciting young directors at work in British theatre today. Winner of the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the Off West End Theatre Award for Best Director in 2012, she was previously Associate Director at Out of Joint and Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio.
A co-production between Headlong and The Nuffield Southampton in association with Derby Theatre.
The Seagull - First Read Through
Writer John Donelly and Director Blanche McIntyre give their response to hearing their new version of The Seagull read out by actors for the very first time.
Dr Mark Payton on Drug Development
Dr Mark Payton, the CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of the biopharmaceutical company Oxagen, explains how new drugs are developed and why drug development is vitally important for our future health.
The Effect - First Read Through
Interviews with Rupert Goold, Lucy Prebble, Jonjo O'Neill and Ben Power after the first read through of The Effect (Headlong/National Theatre co-production) in September 2012.
Prof. Val Curran (UCL) Demonstrates the Placebo Effect
A new play by Lucy Prebble
A Headlong and National Theatre co-production
6 November 2012 -- 23 February 2013
Love is double blind.
A clinical romance from the writer of ENRON. This funny and moving new play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine.
Director Rupert Goold reunites with designer Miriam Buether following their production of Earthquakes in London to deliver a vibrant theatrical exploration into the human brain via the heart.
The Effect will be performed in repertoire at the National Theatre. For further information about the show see:
Paul Brendan, Chistopher Ettridge and Amelia Lowdell talk about rehearsing in Euripides Medea. Suitable for students studying KS4 and KS5 Drama. Video made to accompany Headlong's tour of Mike Bartlett's startlingly modern version of Euripides' classic tragedy Medea.