George Orwell's 1945 satire on the perils of Stalinism has proved magnificently long-lived as a parable about totalitarianism anywhere - and has given the world at least one immortal phrase: Everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others. This new dramatisation sticks very closely to the book and retains both its affection for the animals and the incisiveness of its message. Northern Stage Theatre Company are taking it on a year-long tour of England, Scotland, Wales - and Romania. The book contains a helpful set of production notes intended for schools and other groups wishing to stage this version of Animal Farm.
Ian Wooldridge is an actor and writer who teaches at BADA, the British American Drama Association. George Orwell (1903-50) is the author of, among others, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia and 1984 as well as Animal Farm.