Join the revolution with the London Première of Northern Ballet’s 1984

26 Apr 2016

Northern Ballet in 1984. Photo: Emma-Kauldhar

Northern Ballet in 1984. Photo: Emma-Kauldhar

As one man risks everything to fall in love, join One Dance UK member Northern Ballet for the London Première of Jonathan Watkins’ critically acclaimed 1984. ‘The ballet equivalent of a page turner’ (The Stage), Northern Ballet is bringing this cult-classic to life for seven performances only at Sadler’s Wells from 24 – 28 May 2016. Tickets can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0844 412 4300 or online at


In Northern Ballet’s 1984, Ministry of Truth worker Winston Smith lives in a world of absolute conformity, his every action scrutinised by Big Brother. Whilst outwardly conforming to Party doctrine, he is secretly disillusioned, illegally documenting his thoughts in a diary. When one day he receives a love note from Julia, the pair begin an illicit affair, leading a dangerous double life putting physical desire above Party discipline. As their romance develops and they prepare for an act of political rebellion, Winston and Julia discover that Big Brother is always watching and no one can be trusted; least of all themselves.  


Choreographed by Jonathan Watkins, whose recent credits include Kes for Sheffield Crucible Theatre, Northern Ballet’s 1984 is the first full-length ballet adaptation of George Orwell’s renowned novel. The production had its World Première in September 2015, and is set to an original score by Tony nominated Composer Alex Baranowski, who recently worked with Mercury Prize winning band The xx. The creative team also includes Set and Costume Designer Simon Daw, Lighting Designer Chris Davey, Video Designer Andrzej Goulding and Dramaturg Ruth Little.


Jonathan Watkins said: ‘George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has been a constant inspiration to me since I first read it at 15. It is a powerful and thought-provoking allegory that now, more than ever, has resonance with the times in which we are living.’


Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE, said: ‘This production challenges the idea of what stories can be told through dance and the dramatic talent of our dancers will draw the audience into the very core of this literary masterpiece.’


Tickets for Northern Ballet’s 1984 are on sale now and can be booked online at or by calling the Box Office on 0844 412 4300.