Following its run at the National Theatre, Richard Bean’s Great Britain will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Performances will begin on 10 September 2014.
Great Britain is coming to the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Fast, foul-mouthed and furious, Great Britain is an anarchic and coarse satire about Britain’s press. The comedy follows the sleaze, phone hacking and corruption that goes on at The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper void of morals and decency. The play that has a go at the press, police and politicians and the corrupt chain that Bean perceives as binding them, has enjoyed a string of great reviews, including inducing “Laughter-making on an industrial scale.”
A timely satire
The play premiered at the Royal National Theatre on 30 June 2014. Starring Billie Piper as a ruthless news editor called Paige Britain and Robert Glenister, playing the tabloid’s foul-mouthed editor, Great Britain has been praised for its timely satirical depiction of controversial issues involving the contemporary British press.
Asides his “appallingly hilarious” take on unscrupulous journalists and the corruption going on in the British press, playwright Richard Bean is responsible for a number of highly-acclaimed plays. Bean’s ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ won the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Play. Bean’s other plays for the National Theatre include England People Very Nice and The Mentalists.
Great Britain is directed by Nicholas Hytner. Sir Nicholas Hytner was made Director of the National Theatre in 2003.
Great Britain is due to run at Theatre Royal Haymarket from 10 September 2014 – 10 January 2015.
Casting for the West End run has not yet been announced.
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