The theatre scene in London is known to be prestigious and popular world-wide, and it's something I am really trying to explore more of. So when I saw a sale pop up for the play of 1984 (I think it was on lastminute.com), I made sure E and I snapped up a couple of tickets for a matinee showing.
I didn't know what to expect from it, having read the book but not seen the movie or any other adaptations.
It was a creative, effective production, and I think they captured the overall essence of the novel very well. It wasn't easy to watch, and it shouldn't be. The thing is, and I know it's a very subjective criticism, the characters of Winston and Julia were not at all what I had envisioned in my head when I read the book. I read it a long time ago, but I still remember distinctly the image I had of them - not in terms of looks, but their persona, their aura and the way they stood for what they did - and it was difficult to reconcile that with the actors I saw on stage.
Again, I completely understand that this is purely my opinion! I just want to give my honest thoughts.
I'm sure that many others have seen this and gone away impressed and moved, and in many ways I was both. It just wasn't quite what I had in mind.
Maybe I should try watching the movie? In any case, I am still very glad that I went to see it and this hasn't put me off trying to go to more plays in the least.