by George Orwell - SHAKE & STIR THEATRE CO.

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Event Venue

Princess Theatre

Event Dates & Times

  • Mon, Jul 27 2020 7:30pm

Running Time

1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)


Recommended for ages 12+.

Haze, smoke and strobe effects, loud music.

No filming or photography permitted.



This show has been Cancelled

REFUND STATUS: Refunds in progress.

Our Box Office team will be in touch. However, if you have an urgent query, please email

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George Orwell’s intensely powerful novel – live on stage in a critically-acclaimed production by shake & stir.

Animal Farm, one of the most enduring political commentaries, returns in a multi-award winning, critically-acclaimed theatre production. George Orwell’s intensely powerful fairy tale allegorizes and satirizes communist governments while illustrating with stunning simplicity how greed and power corrupts with devastating consequences to all who yield.

Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and all the animals, fueled by enthusiastic camaraderie and guided by a set of self-imposed rules, are promised a better life free from the self-serving greed of humans. However, it is not long until the rules that promised equality and freedom become the shackles that bind the animals once again.

Created by shake & stir and directed by Michael Futcher, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2020.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Tour supported by arTour an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

This show is included in Theatre North’s 2020 Subscription Season. Purchase tickets to two or more shows through the Subscription Season to receive discounts and special offers. MORE DETAILS

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Ticket Pricing

  • $59 - Full
  • $52 - Concession
  • $52 - Subscriber Full
  • $42 - Subscriber Concession
  • $15 - Subscriber Student
  • $55ea - Group (6+)

School group prices available. MORE DETAILS HERE or contact the Box Office.
Phone: 6331 0052 or

Concessions available for Pensioners, Seniors, Health Care Card holders and Full Time Students.

Companion Cards accepted.

Reserved seating

No Babes in Arms.

A processing fee of $6 applies to tickets purchased online. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket fee, which will be applied at the end of your purchase.

A delivery charge of $4 applies if you choose to have your tickets posted to your address.

Creative Team

Creative Team

  • Adaptor - Nick Skubij
  • Director - Michael Futcher
  • Designer - Josh McIntosh
  • Sound Designer - Guy Webster
  • Lighting Designer - Jason Glenwright
  • Photo by - Justine Walpole
Do whatever you can to get a ticket.
The Courier-Mail
A must see!
ABC Brisbane
One of the most raw pieces of theatre produced in this country in recent decades. Don’t miss your chance.
Australia Stage
shake & stir nailed it. Physical Theatre at its best.
shake & stir’s production of George Orwell’s classic political allegory is a vigorously physical and impressive theatrical rendering.
The Canberra Times
This is a work for any admirer of Orwell or anyone appreciative of good theatre in which a great story is told by people of real talent.
The Canberra Times
From the opening scene, shake & stir’s version of this infamous story snatches your attention and keeps a firm grasp until the horrifying conclusion.
Barefoot Reviewer - Canberra
It couldn’t have been much better: a contemporary theatre piece based on brilliant literature, an inventive interpretation, actors with verve and flexibility and canny direction… And an opening thirty seconds that sat us all forward on our seats.
Tamworth Country Life
PAC Australia Drover Award Winner
National Tour of the Year
QLD Theatre Matilda Award Winner
Best Production
QLD Theatre Matilda Award Winner
Best Director – Michael Futcher
QLD Theatre Matilda Award Winner
Best Design – Josh McIntosh
The Courier Mail
Best Play of the Year, 2011 – Animal Farm
Previous Seasons/Tours
Brisbane | Cremorne Theatre QPAC
23 August – 2 September 2011
Australian Tour
February – August 2013
Brisbane | Cremorne Theatre QPAC
15 May – 25 May 2013
About the Company


shake & stir is one of the country’s leading contemporary theatre companies touring Australia and New Zealand since 2006. shake & stir produce an annual season of mainstage and in-school productions.

Mainstage work has included: Fantastic Mr Fox, the Australian premiere of Green Day’s American Idiot (2017 Helpmann Award nominations – Best Lighting Design and Best Female in a Supporting Role, 2017 Matilda Awards – Best Musical or Cabaret and Best Set Design), George’s Marvellous Medicine, Endgame, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts (2016 Helpmann Award nominations – Best Presentation for Children and Best Regional Touring Production), Dracula (2016 Matilda Awards – Best Set Design and Best Lighting Design), Wuthering Heights, 1984, Tequila Mockingbird (2014 Matilda Awards – Best Mainstage Production, Gold Matilda Award), Out Damn Snot, Animal Farm (2012 Matilda Awards – Best Independent Production and Best Direction) and Statespeare (2012 Helpmann Award nomination – Best Presentation for Children). The company is widely acknowledged as a leading national touring theatre company, taking medium to large scale works to major metropolitan and regional centres, annually. shake & stir has been nominated for APACA’S Drover Award for Tour of the Year on four occasions, collecting the Award consecutively in 2014 & 2015.

National Tours have included: George’s Marvellous Medicine, Green Day’s American Idiot, Dracula, Wuthering Heights, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts, 1984, Animal Farm and Statespeare.