The National Theatre pulled off an audacious masterstroke back in June when, just five days after the Rebekah Brooks trial for phone hacking ended, they opened a bustling new comedy at the Lyttelton Theatre that provided a very thinly disguised fictionalised version of many of the events that the trial itself had revolved around. This was satire at its most robustly topical. But if yesterday's newspapers are today's fish and chip wrapping, who cares anymore about the lies and... Read more
Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an anarchic satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Concerns Paige Britain, an ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never ending battle for more readers.
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It is nearly thirty years now since the National premiered Pravda, a satire co-written by David Hare and Howard Brenton about the wholesale annexation of a British newspaper by a foreign media mogul (in this case South African, but clearly modelled on Rupert Murdoch), and how its liberal young editor is duly compromised. The play won the 1986 Olivier for Best New Play, and last received a major revival at Chichester in 2006. Read more