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Immersive 1984 confirms cast for Hackney Town Hall production

The cast for the upcoming production of 1984: A Unique Immersive Experience has been confirmed. Officially opening on 26th October at Hackney Town Hall, the show is an immersive staging of the dystopian George Orwell novel and will be in previews from the 19th October.

The show is co-directed by Richard Hahlo and Jem Wall - co-founders of Hydrocracker Theatre, who create immersive site-specific productions including The New World Order (Brighton Festival, Barbican and Shoreditch Town Hall), The Erpingham Camp (Brighton Festival on Brighton Pier), Shakespeare à La Carte (Brighton Festival and BBC Radio 4), Operation Black Antler with Blast Theory (Brighton Festival, Manchester HOME and Southbank Centre) and Who Cares 2032 (Northampton Royal & Derngate).

The show has been adapted for the stage by Adam Taub, who is the founder of Pure Expression, an immersive theatre company that reimagine classic stories in unique environments including libraries, museums and civic spaces. Previous productions include Frankenstein (UK and US tour), Einstein’s Brain (Grant Museum of Zoology) and The Animated Museum (Jewish Museum in Camden).

Declan Rodgers (Antigone, Lyric Theatre) will be playing Winston along Kit Reeveas Julia, and Jude Akuwudike (Three Sisters, The Overwhelming, Edmond, The Machine Wreckers, Richard II, Ion and Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, National Theatre) as O'Brien.

Writer Adam Taub comments on the production, saying the following...

The show is directed by Richard and Jem from Hydrocracker Theatre who specialise in creating site-specific and immersive work and have collaborated extensively with major theatre festivals creating work that really moves and challenges audiences. In Jude, Kit and Declan they have a superbly talented core of actors that have captivated audiences across the theatre and film world. And with an ensemble cast drawn from drama schools across London, we have a really exciting company and we can’t wait for the opening night.

1984: A Unique Immersive Experience opens for previews on 19th October and runs until 26th November. For more information visit


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