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George Orwell’s 1984

By: George Orwell, Joe White - adaptation
Narrated by: Andrew Garfield, Cynthia Erivo, Andrew Scott, Tom Hardy, Chukwudi Iwuji, Romesh Ranganathan, Natasia Demetriou, Francesca Mills, Alex Lawther, Katie Leung
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Publisher's summary

From the age of uniformity.
From the age of solitude and doublethink.
From the age of Big Brother.
From me, Winston Smith.

It’s 1984, and life has changed beyond recognition. Airstrip One, formerly known as Great Britain, is a place where Big Brother is always watching, and nobody can hide. Except, perhaps, for Winston Smith. Whilst working at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history, he secretly dreams of freedom. And in a world where love and sex are forbidden, where it’s hard to distinguish between friend and foe, he meets Julia and O’Brien and vows to rebel.

Starring Andrew Garfield as Winston, Cynthia Erivo as Julia, Andrew Scott as the alluring, mysterious O’Brien, and featuring Tom Hardy as Big Brother, Audible presents a new dramatization of George Orwell’s classic tale. An immersive listening experience like none you’ve heard before, at a time when it has all never felt more chillingly relevant.

Featuring a haunting original score composed by Muse’s lead singer and songwriter Matthew Bellamy and Ilan Eshkeri, recorded by the London Metropolitan Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, the production is directed by BAFTA Award winner Destiny Ekaragha, produced in Dolby Atmos by Granny Eats Wolf, and dramatised by Olivier Award nominated writer Joe White.

Also starring Chukwudi Iwuji, Romesh Ranganathan, Natasia Demetriou, Francesca Mills, Alex Lawther and Katie Leung.

Featuring Ian Abeysekera, Rachel Atkins, Grace Baker, Joanna Brookes, Clare Corbett, Doug Devaney, Imogen Front, Sam Garioch, Raj Ghatak, Frances Jeater, Mason Moore, Yasmin Mwanza, Harry Myers, Kaelum Nelson, John Sackville, Sienna Sangha, Sam Stafford, Jo Troy, Jenny White, Sarah Whitehouse & Alix Wilton Regan

This adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 is an immersive listening experience, containing scenes that some may find uncomfortable. Listener discretion is advised.

Available in Dolby Atmos.

©The Estate of the late Sonia Brownell Orwell / Public Domain (P)2023 Audible Ltd

Who controls the past, controls the future.


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About the Writer

Joe White is an Olivier-nominated writer of stage, screen, and audio. He is the writer of the hit West End musical The Little Big Things and award-winning plays Blackout Songs (Olivier Nomination) and Mayfly (winner of Off West End Most Promising Playwright). For Audible, his eight-part eco-thriller The Nox (starring Lashana Lynch) was nominated for Best Drama at the ARIA Awards. Previously, Joe was a member of BBC Pilot, The Old Vic 12, and the Royal Court Studio group, and was a recipient of the Channel 4 Playwriting Award and The JB Priestley Award for writers of promise.

About the Director

Destiny Ekaragha is a UK-based director who was named BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2014. Her award-winning feature comedy Gone Too Far! premiered at London Film Festival and played at TIFF. Destiny directed Danny and the Human Zoo, written by the acclaimed comedian Lenny Henry for Red Productions/BBC One. She has directed primetime UK television such as Silent Witness, international drama including Riviera, the second half of the BAFTA-winning season 2 of The End of the F**Ing World* for Netflix, and most recently, the Golden Globe nominees Ted Lasso and Fellow Travellers.

About the Composer

Matthew Bellamy is the singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band Muse. The band has released nine studio albums, selling over 30 million albums worldwide. Widely recognized as one of the best live bands in the world, Muse has won numerous music awards, including two Grammys, an American Music Award, five MTV Europe Music Awards, two Brit Awards, eleven NME Awards, and seven Q Awards, amongst others.
In addition to his work with Muse, Matt’s composer/performer work includes “Pray (High Valyrian)” for the Game of Thrones compilation album For the Throne, the opening title for the movie World War Z, and the end title for The International.

About the Composer

Ilan Eshkeri is one of the most diverse and innovative composers in Britain today. His music traverses various genres and mediums with a focus on emotional narrative.
Eshkeri is known for films such as Layer Cake, Stardust, The Young Victoria, and *Still Alice, his innovative work with actor/director Ralph Fiennes, and his music for David Attenborough documentaries. He has also worked with artists such as Coldplay, KT Tunstall, Take That, Annie Lennox, and David Gilmour.
On stage, Eshkeri has created ballets, fashion shows, and concerts. His most recent show is with NASA and ESA: Space Station Earth, a synth-pop orchestral and visual experience which takes the audience on the extraordinary emotional journey of an astronaut.
Eshkeri is dyslexic and synaesthetic; colors, music, and patterns merge in his mind, allowing him to imagine unconventional methods of approaching music, which gives rise to his distinct, innovative style blended with a profound emotional connection to human stories and leaves an indelible mark on the world of music.

Andrew Garfield

as Winston

Cynthia Erivo

as Julia

Andrew Scott

as O'Brien

Tom Hardy

as Big Brother