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Playhouse Theatre

Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Address: Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5DE, England

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Wanted to see this play for some time. Charming setting at the Playhouse. 1984 is a simple and well acted performance which will give the audience a shudder if they have not read... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wanted to see this play for some time. Charming setting at the Playhouse. 1984 is a simple and well acted performance which will give the audience a shudder if they have not read the book or seen the movie. Entertaining and a modern twist to the original.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My family had a fabulous experience at the Playhouse attending their fine production of Orwell's 1984. The theater is gorgeous and historic, and the staff is friendly and helpful. We opted for a private room pre-show and were not disappointed. Our host served drinks and food, but mostly good conversation. Being an actor himself, he was able to talk intelligently... More 

Thank Gary A
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was really excited to go and see 1984 with my Mum as we had had a difficult few weeks. 1984 is my favourite book so that was a bonus. The play was fab, well I am not sure about the first 20 mins as we were not allowed to see it. I was furious!!! We were 3 minutes late... More 

Thank Naomi S
Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The play certainly is dystopian as to be expected but it is produced with a very creative and contemporaneous spin and superbly acted -- particularly Andrew Gower and Angus Wright. The theatre itself has a contained almost intimate feel -- we were very fortunate to get half-price tickets for the stalls -- centre, about 8 rows from the stage --... More 

Thank rh24
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great acts and fantastic adaptations. Sad to see a review from a lady who went to see 1984 and was expecting a musical !!! Well it's not !? Scenes can be extreme - which pins you to your seat. 101 minutes of pure theatrical enjoyment.

Thank Keivan Z
Jersey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The acting was good and this is a lovely little theatre right by embankment tube station but 1984 was not for me. Don't go if you like musicals as there is not a song in sight. The show lasts 101 minutes with no interval, there are loud bangs and flashing lights. It is a bit gruesome in parts. 3 stars... More 

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's really easy to find the Playhouse from London Waterloo, head to the Southbank and cross the river on the left hand Golden Jubilee footbridge. The theatre is at the bottom of the steps. Bars on every floor so no need to queue at the one by the entrance. Take cash as card machines are a little unreliable. We had... More 

Thank jjb0w
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Second time in this cozy theatre. The ticket window lady was awesome. We Joked that we were excited to see 1984 the musical. Madonna was my favourite She laughed and then She discounted our tickets and put us 6 rows from stage dead centre Really great seats. She was a great staffer. So Thx for making our night Considering it... More 

Thank Cpactv
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Just seen 1984 and it's as powerful as the book. The theatre is small which I think adds to the atmosphere of the play and my god what a play. The adaptation from Orwell's book is well done and both my wife and myself were left talking about it all the way home on the tube. Seeing the play has... More 

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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Small and intimate theatre. Sat in 4th row watching "the end of longing" with Matthew Perry. It was so close! Loved it.Small and intimate. Walking in they sold us on ViP bar. Py £20 pp you get a drink and some snacks. Sit in a private little bar with only 5 tables. No ques and nice private toilet. Not sure... More 

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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