George Orwell’s 1984 will be the first production from a new immersive theatre company planning to take work into “stunning derelict spaces”.
Histrionic Productions has been set up by Adam McKenzie Wylie with a vision of creating “theatrical dystopian worlds” in unusual locations.
The “multi-sensory” production of 1984 is being created with director Sean Holmes and designer Jon Bausor, who are associate creative directors of the company.
It will open in a venue which is yet-to-be-announced in London in 2021, before transferring to the US and touring internationally.
Histrionic Productions will also curate themed food, drink and music offerings alongside the main show.
McKenzie Wylie, who is chief executive of the company, said: “Combining widely known and beloved titles with remarkable, magnificent spaces and creatives of the highest calibre, we hope to transform the concept of live theatre and attract new, younger audiences to our multi-sensory, theatrical experiences.
“Moreover, as part of our commitment to this compelling art form we are consulting with Equity with regards to raising the standards for employment and health and safety in the immersive genre.”
Holmes, who was previously artistic director at the Lyric Hammersmith in London, said he hopes to “explore new possibilities of storytelling” with the company.
He added: “Alongside my ongoing commitment as associate artistic director at Shakespeare’s Globe, this new role with Histrionic Productions provides the thrilling opportunity to reinvigorate the theatrical experience by transporting audiences inside their favourite stories, in a multi-sensory live format.”
Bausor said: “As a designer, to be part of a team that is constantly looking for new ways to push the boundaries of theatre is so exciting for me, which is why I am delighted to be working with Sean again as part of Histrionic Productions.”