The full cast joining Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston in Ivo van Hove’s production of Network has been announced. Lee Hall’s adaptation of the Oscar-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky will run in the Lyttelton at the National from 4th November until 24th March, with an official opening on 13th November. The play tells the story of TV news anchorman Howard Beale (Cranston) who isn’t pulling in decent ratings, but after a few on screen rants, the viewing figures soon start rising. As previously announced Michelle Dockery will play Diana Christenson and Douglas Henshall plays Max Schumaker.
Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston makes his London theatre debut in Lee Hall's adaptation of Network, based on the 1976 Paddy Chayefsky film of the same name.
The play is about news anchorman Howard Beale, whose new bulletins simply aren't pulling in the viewing figures like they used to. His last bulletin takes a turn, and suddenly, Beale is TV's next big thing. The film, which starred Peter Finch as Beale, is famous for its "I'm Mad as Hell" rant.
Ivo van Hove (Obsession, Lazarus) directs this new adaptation which will run in the Lyttleton Theatre over winter.
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It has been announced that Michelle Dockery will star alongside Bryan Cranston in Network, which gets its world stage premiere at the National Theatre later this year. Ivo van Hove directs Lee Hall’s new play, based on the Oscar-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky, which is about newsreader Howard Beale. Beale is on his last straw at his TV station after not pulling in the viewing figures, but when he unravels during his final broadcast, he becomes the biggest thing on television. The 1976 film is renowned for Beale’s famous “I’m mad as hell” rant.