Animal Farm

Robert Icke to adapt George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’

Olivier Award winner Robert Icke (Oresteia, Mary Stuart, The Doctor) is set to adapt and direct George Orwell’s Animal Farm in a new production which will tour the UK in 2022.

Orwell’ seminal classic, a timely and thought provoking piece on the cult of personality, power and dystopian dictatorship follows a group of farm animals who rebel against their human master in the hope of creating a society that is equal, free and happy. Ultimately, the rebellion is betrayed by one of their own, and the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon.

Orwell wrote the fable as a reflection of the events leading up to the Russian revolution of 1917 and the ensuing Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. A fierce critic of Stalin, he believed the Soviet Union had become a brutal dictatorship enforced by the cult of personality surrounding Stalin.

In a statement, Icke said, “I could not be more excited to bring this important and timely story to a broad and diverse audience across the U.K., and work alongside two of the industry’s most talented artists: Bunny and Toby.”

Produced by the Children’s Theatre Partnership, the production features designs by Olivier winner Bunny Christie (Company, The Curious Incident of  the Dog in the Night-Time) and puppetry by Toby Olié (Don Quixote, War Horse, The Grinning Man).

Icke and Christie previously collaborated on The Red Barn at London’s National Theatre.

Casting, venues and dates (including a likely West End transfer) for Animal Farm are set to be announced later.

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👤 📅24 April 2020
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