This autumn the National Theatre will stage the world-premiere of NetworkLee Hall’s new adaptation of the Oscar-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky.

Directed by Ivo van Hove, the cast includes Bryan Cranston as Howard Beale, Michelle Dockery as Diana Christenson and Douglas Henshall as Max Schumaker.

Howard Beale, news anchor-man, isn’t pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen. But when the ratings soar, the network seizes on their new found populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV.

Network depicts a dystopian media landscape where opinion trumps fact. Hilarious and horrifying by turns, the iconic film by Paddy Chayefsky won four Academy Awards in 1976. Now, Lee Hall (Billy ElliotOur Ladies of Perpetual Succour) and director Ivo van Hove (Hedda Gabler) bring his masterwork to the stage for the first time, with Bryan Cranston (All the Way, for which he won the Tony for Best Actor, Breaking Bad and Trumbo for which he was nominated for an Oscar) in the role of Howard Beale. 

The cast includes Charles BabalolaTobi BamtefaRichard CorderyBryan Cranston (Howard Beale), Michelle Dockery (Diana Christenson), Isabella Della-PorterIan DrysdaleMichael ElwynCaroline FaberRobert Gilbert,Douglas Henshall (Max Schumaker) Tom HodgkinsTunji KasimAndrew LewisBeverley LonghurstEvan Milton,Stuart NunnPatrick PolettiDanny Szam and Paksie Vernon.

Set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, video design by Tal Yarden, costume design by An D’Huys, music and sound design by Eric Sleichim.

See Network from a completely unique perspective – on-stage – with this immersive dining experience. A limited number of tickets will be available for this unique immersive experience via a ballot.

Network is produced in association with Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies.

Production supported by Marcia Grand in memory of Richard Grand.

Previews from 4 November, press night 13 November, continuing in the repertoire until 24 March

Walter Nicoletti
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