Robert Icke is an award-winning writer and director. He is currently Associate Director of the Almeida, where his work includes adapting and directing the multi-award-winning Oresteia (also West End), Mary Stuart, Uncle Vanya, and, with Duncan Macmillan, adapting and directing the smash-hit 1984, which has toured the world, played three seasons in the West End and won several major awards. His directing work includes Hamlet, Iliad, Odyssey, The Fever, Mr Burns (Almeida) and The Red Barn (National). Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and journalist, whose most famous works include the novella Animal Farm, and the classic dystopia 1984. Duncan Macmillan is an award-winning writer and theatre director whose plays include Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing and 2071 (all published by Oberon Books). His play People, Places and Things transferred from the National Theatre to the West End in 2016.Duncan Macmillans other plays include: 1984, co-adapted/co-directed with Robert Icke (Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse, UK tour, Almeida Theatre and West End); The Forbidden Zone (Salzburg Festival/Schaubuhne Berlin); Wunschloses Ungluck, adapt. Peter Handke (Burgtheater Vienna); Reise durch die Nacht, adapt. Friederike Mayro?cker created with Katie Mitchell and Lyndsey Turner (Schauspielhaus Ko?ln, Theatertreffen, Festival dAvignon), Atmen (Schaubuhne Berlin); Monster (Royal Exchange/Manchester International Festival).