Art & Culture

Explore Manchester Central Library At Night With An Immersive Show Inspired By Orwell’s 1984

By Laura O'Neill

The production will take the audience inside a totalitarian state that monitors every act, word and thought of its citizens.

Enter the dramatic world of Manchester Central Library after hours and embark on an immersive journey inspired by George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984.

2084 is a thrilling new immersive theatre production that takes the audience inside a totalitarian state that monitors every act, word and thought of its citizens. In our era of social media and digital corporations – when everyone is tracked, analysed and influenced – Orwell’s compelling vision has never been more pertinent.

2084‘s writer Adam Taub said:

“Orwell’s novel shocked readers with its vision of the future. 2084 updates that vision and explores how fragile are the freedoms that we take for granted.”

2084 has been designed specifically for Manchester Central Library to make the most of its extraordinary spaces, including its iconic circular reading room. The show takes place after dark, once the library has closed and puts the audience at the heart of the 2084 experience!

This unique production is directed by Joe Hufton (Secret Cinema, Alice’s Adventures Underground, Les Enfants Terrible) and features an original soundscape composed by Dom James (Bompass & Barr), as well as a live performance by Manchester soul singer, Charlie Cooper (Needs Must).


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2084 will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings from November 22 to December 14 with performances at 6.30pm and 9pm.

The Party Bar will be open 30 minutes before showtime where guests can purchase a selection of drinks whilst they watch a live performance by Charlie Cooper and become an integral part of this iconic story.

Early bird tickets are available now at £15, standard tickets are priced at £20. Click here to get yours.

Due to the nature of certain scenes in this production – and the licensed bar – the production is only suitable for those aged 18 and over.

Also published on Medium.