Hippodrome Fall Play Observership: A behind-the-scenes look into the stage adaptation of

George Orwell’s 1984 adaptedby Andrew White


It takes months of planning and dozens of theatre professionals to produce a play on the Hippodrome Mainstage. The Hippodrome Play Observership offers the opportunity for the public to go behind-the-scenes at a professional regional theatre, watching the magic of a production unfold.


Participants are immersed in the theatrical creative process alongside the director, designers, actors and staff to experience the process as the production team takes a play from the page to the stage. 

In this engaging Play Observership, you will be led through the creative process of a unique theatrical experience of a groundbreaking adaptation of one of the most well-known novels of the 20th century -- 1984. Come explore with us this tale of surveillance, oppression and the fight for freedom that is becoming eerily pertinent to our current world.

Participants in the Observership will witness designer presentations, the cast table-read of the script, additional rehearsals  and a backstage Hippodrome tour. The Observership culminates with a preview performance and post-show discussion with the cast and creative team. Cost for five classes is only $100 and includes one ticket to the preview performance.


Friday, August 4  (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – Crash course on the classic novel and on the Hipp itself

Friday, August 11 (12:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.) – Attend the first read-through and see design presentations

Friday, August 18 (3 p.m. – 5pm) – Get a behind-the-scenes look as the set and costumes come together in a rehearsal with the actors

Thursday, August 24 (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – Watch a press run of 1984 the first time it is seen in public

Wednesday, August 30 (7 p.m.) – See the first preview of 1984 with a full audience, and stay afterwards for a note session with the director and actors and designers

Limited Early Bird Special: Register through the Hippodrome by July 21st and save $10. Call Hippodrome Box Office at 352-375-4477 or go online at www.thehipp.org

Make your reservation today and mark your calendar for an exciting, educational and memorable experience!


  • Starting Friday, August 4th, 2017, repeated every week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


Hippodrome Theatre

25 SE 2nd Place
Gainesville, 32601