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Playhouse Theatre

Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5DE, England (Westminster / Belgravia)
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Ranked #369 of 1,100 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
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Baltimore, Maryland
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229 reviews 229 reviews
144 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I love the book and was not sure how it could be adapted into a play. Using a little poetic licence I believe the writer,producers and cast pulled it off. The audio visual effects were unparalleled. The play brought about the same feelings I experienced after reading the book. The play left this viewer emotionally drained. It's very dark distopian... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We went to see 1984 at this theatre for our anniversary. The play was wonderfully produced and well acted but I still have to say that it is probably a story best suited to a book. The theatre itself was fairly small and the bar had only 4 seats and was terribly hot, even with a little air conditioner running.... More

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London, UK
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I went to see this on the strength of the 4-5* reviews it had received everywhere and the fact that they sell 101 tickets per night at £19.84 each. I am glad I had only bought the cheap tickets, so was able to nod off to sleep in certain parts without anyone noticing, although was startled out of my reverie... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Being a 1984 fan myself, I was skeptical in the bringing of this incredible piece of literature to the theatre. I was wrong. The play is amazing and not only manages successfully to transfer all the drama and conflict the book contains to a play (without cutting edges but not exaggerating) but also adds to these effects by a great... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

My son, who's 12 ,just finished reading the book for school so I decided to take him to see the play. The production was very interesting and although it's been many years since I'd read the book, I got it. My son found it scary creepy and really good, he gave it a 9 out of 10. The theatre itself... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We recently attended the 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre in London's West End and very much liked this production. We purchased discounted tickets (~30%) on the day of a Monday performance at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square. Location: The Playhouse Theatre is located a short distance from Leicester Square, and only a 3 minute walk to/from Charing Cross station.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a really impressive production, well performed and staged. However, condensing such a complex plot into 1 hour and 40 minutes results in the play being very episodic and frankly you have to remind yourself at times where exactly you are in the plot - certainly the opening scenes which, whilst very dramatic, are not readily understandable. I know... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My partner and i bought some last minute tickets to watch Monty Python at The Playhouse Theatre. What an amazing performance and beautiful theatre! Though we were on the third tier due to cheap last minute tickets, we didn't find any restricted sound or view! Such a great night. Unfortunately we cannot compare to any other theatres in London's West... More

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Toronto, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

So the title of this review isn't exactly a surprise to anyone; in case you have forgotten your reading of this book in high school this is not a play for the family. It is an excellent adaptation of the book and done to the highest degree of theatrical standards. Top marks to the actors, the staging, and the script,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We went to the matinee of 1984 after reading good reviews online. The actors were brilliant and the set was great - doing justice to the most excellent book. The theatre is lovely with a good bar and leg room decent upstairs - good job as there was no interval and people can get a bit fidgety. On entry to... More

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