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Headlong Theatre

Led by award-winning Artistic Director Rupert Goold, Headlong is dedicated to new ways of making theatre. Headlong collaborates with some of the most exciting and adventurous theatre artists in the country and provides them with the time, resources and creative support to allow them to make their most challenging work. Headlong is interested in theatre that asks provocative questions about the world we live in today in the most vibrant and theatrical forms they can imagine. The focus of Headlong’s work is new writing but they also look to develop new and emerging artists through dynamic and ambitious revivals.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £675,877
  • 2013-2014: £691,422
  • 2014-2015: £709,399

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James Harkness on Playing Andrew

Actor James Harkness discusses his role as Andrew, an aid to Labour leader George, in The Absence of War.

Barry McCarthy on Playing Bryden

Actor Barry McCarthy discusses his role as Bryden Thomas, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

Maggie McCarthy on Playing Gwenda

Maggie McCarthy discusses her role as Gwenda, the Diary Secretary to Labour leader George Jones in The Absence of War.

Theo Cowan on Playing Bruce

Theo discusses his role as the Shadow Chancellor's minder Bruce in The Absence of War.

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Amiera Darwish on Playing Mary

Amiera Darwish discusses her role as Press Agent Mary Housego in The Absence of War.

Don Gallagher Playing Charles and Linus

Don Gallagher discusses his roles as Prime Minister Charles Kendrick and political commentator Linus Frank in The Absence of War.

Charlotte Lucas on Playing Lindsay

Charlotte Lucas talks about her role as PR expert Lindsay Fontaine in the Absence of War.

Gyuri Sarossy on Playing Malcolm

Gyuri Sarossy talks about his role as Shadow Chancellor Malcolm Pryce in The Absence of War.

The Absence of War Trailer

A HEADLONG, ROSE THEATRE, KINGSTON AND SHEFFIELD THEATRES CO-PRODUCTION It's now or never for George Jones. The charismatic leader of the Labour Party needs to get out of opposition and into Number Ten. Plagued by a hostile media, beset by divisions in his party and haunted by his own demons, George has three weeks to convince the Great British Public that he's their man. But how much compromise is he prepared to make? How can you truly appeal to the man in the street from the House of Commons? And which tie should he wear for Prime Minister's Questions? Headlong presents a vigorous new production of David Hare’s funny, stinging political drama on a timely national tour during the build up to the 2015 General Election. David Hare is one of England’s foremost playwrights and screenwriters. His plays include Plenty, Skylight, The Permanent Way and Stuff Happens. He has received two Academy Award nominations for The Hours and The Reader. Jeremy Herrin is Artistic Director of Headlong. His recent work includes the RSC world premiere of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall/Bring up the Bodies, The Nether (Headlong/Royal Court) and This House (National Theatre). Headlong’s recent productions include 1984, Chimerica, Spring Awakening and The Seagull. David Hare and Jeremy Herrin have previously collaborated on South Downs (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End) and The Vertical Hour (Royal Court). The Absence of War is a co-production by Headlong, Rose Theatre Kingston and Sheffield Theatres, and was part of Hare's trilogy of state of the nation plays which includes Racing Demon and Murmuring Judges.

Performing 1984

The cast of the autumn 2014 tour of 1984 discuss their thoughts on the play and the experience of performing 1984 on stage.

1984 at Playhouse Theatre - West End Trailer 2014

http://1984theplay.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/1984ThePlay '1984 STORMS THE WEST END' Time Out Following two sold-out runs, the Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production of Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, 1984, has opened at the West End's Playhouse Theatre to critical acclaim. Extra weeks now added due to unprecedented demand. Must end 23 August. April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching. Orwell's ideas have become our ideas; his fiction is often said to be our reality. The "definitive book of the 20th century" (The Guardian) is re-examined in a radical new staging exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell's vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

1984 West End Trailer (Playhouse Theatre)

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.

Spring Awakening Audience Feedback

Hear what the audience at Nuffield thought about the show. Music: "Bully" by Josh Woodward - http://www.joshwoodward.com

Spring Awakening Trailer

SPRING AWAKENING BY FRANK WEDEKIND. IN A NEW VERSION BY ANYA REISS. DIRECTED BY BEN KIDD A HEADLONG, WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE AND NUFFIELD CO-PRODUCTION Unnerving, entertaining, funny and dark, Wedekind's definitive play about youth caused riots when it exploded onto the stage in 1906 and has lost none of its provocative power. Brought bang up to date by award-winning young playwright Anya Reiss and director Ben Kidd, this new version examines the exuberance, intensity and confusion of teenage life today. Spring Awakening asks important and pressing questions about how young people are shaped for their future by a generation that doesn't understand them. Following our recent sell out productions of new plays Chimerica and The Effect, and our remarkable versions of 1984, The Seagull and Romeo and Juliet, we breathe fresh life into another classic text, with co-producing partners West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nuffield. Anya Reiss is winner of both the Evening Standard and the Critics' Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright.

Dr Paolo Gerbaudo on Social Media and Political Activism

Dr Paolo Gerbaudo discusses the use of social media by political activists, including those involved in the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. He also examines the ways in which social media can be used by the state as a tool of repression. To watch the full version of this video, visit: digital-double.com

Dr Btihaj Ajana on Surveillance

Dr Btihaj Ajana discusses surveillance in contemporary society and its relationship to the image of the surveillance state that is imagined by George Orwell in 1984. To watch the full version of this video, please visit: digital-double.com

Dr Btihaj Ajana on Privacy

Dr Btihaj Ajana discusses the importance of privacy in contemporary society and how digital technologies are changing our understanding of what privacy is. To watch the full version of this video, visit: digital-double.com

Prof Alex Callinicos on 1984

Prof Alex Callinicos reveals how Orwell's politics and the world in which he lived shaped his vision of 1984. To watch the full version of this video, visit: www.digital-double.com

1984 Trailer

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

Colin Haigh on Playing Petr

Colin Haigh talking about playing Petr in The Seagull

Rudi Dharmalingam on Playing Semyon

Rudi Dharmalingam discusses the character of Semyon and his love for Masha.

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.

John Elkington on Playing Ilya

John Elkington discusses the character of Ilya and his relationship to the other characters in Chekhov's The Seagull.

David Beames on Playing Yevgeny Dorn

David Beames discusses the character of Yevgeny Dorn and his place within Irina Arkadina's social circle in Chekhov's The Seagull.

Chimerica Trailer

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.

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