Network, The Lyttelton Theatre

Lyttelton Theatre, National, London
Lyttelton Theatre, National, London
Our Review 3 / 5

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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. 

Previews from |
4th November 2017
Opening date |
13th November 2017
Booking from |
27th October 2020
Available until |
24th March 2018
Closes |
24th March 2018
Categories |
Lee Hall (based on the Paddy Chayefsky film)
Ivo van Hove
Eric Sleichim
Jan Versweyveld
An D’Huys
Cast list:
Bryan Cranton (Howard Beale), Michelle Dockery (Diana Christenson) Douglas Henshall (Max Schumacher)
Other info:
Video design by Tal Yarden

Lyttelton Theatre, National Venue Information

Lyttelton Theatre, National, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Review of Network


The National may be having a difficult year with the consecutive critical summer failures of Salome and Common, yet it has still produced two of the most eagerly anticipated shows of the year in Follies and now Ivo van Hove's new stage version of the 1976 film Network. After the triumphant success of Follies, though, Network is a more ambiguously mixed sort of dramatic feat and feast. (For some lucky theatregoers, seated on stage, it is literally a feast, as they are served a... Read more

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