Animal Farm

This spring, Act One tackles George Orwell’s greatest works – among the greatest novels of the 20th Century.

“All animals are equal - but some are more equal than others”

When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another.

Act One has developed a reputation for new and innovative work over many years and has championed new writing as well as a fresh approach to classical texts. Previous successes have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Under Milk Wood, Good Times, Canterbury Tales, His Dark Materials, The Ghosts of Tyneham, Welcome to Terezin and Bartholomew Fair.


Presented by the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre

Based on the novels by George Orwell

Animal Farm adapted by Peter Hall

Directed by Lucy Betts

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