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. 

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)
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Video design by Tal Yarden
Network Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Saturday, 4 November, 2017
Opening date: 
Monday, 13 November, 2017
Available from: 
Monday, 19 March, 2018
Saturday, 24 March, 2018
Booking to: 
Saturday, 24 March, 2018

Lyttelton Theatre, National

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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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... Read more

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Bryan Cranston interview - ‘I’ve appreciated how honest British audiences are‘
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Following his Critics’ Circle Award win this afternoon, Bryan Cranston has spoken about how he has loved working at the National Theatre, and how honest he has perceived British audiences to be. “What I don’t like about the US is that a standing ovation is part of what is expected of an audience”, Cranston told before accepting his award for Best Actor for his performance in Network. “That’s not appreciated from the performer’s standpoint. You want to earn that, if you get that. I really appreciate that about the London audience.”

'I hope people get a night they never forget' - Jan Versweyveld on why there's an onstage restaurant in the National Theatre's Network
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Food is an integral part of the theatregoing experience, whether it be a nice meal with friends pre-show, or scoffing a sandwich from Pret minutes before curtain up (we’ve all done that). But if you happen to have a ticket for Network at the National Theatre, you’ll witness something a tad more unique onstage in the Lyttelton.

Bryan Cranston in Network
Photos of Bryan Cranston in rehearsals for Network at the National Theatre
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Images have been released showing actor Bryan Cranston in rehearsals for the National Theatre’s production of Network, which opens in the Lyttelton next month. Ivo van Hove directs the play, adapted from the film of the same name by Lee Hall, which is about a new anchor whose job is on the brink after failing to pull in the ratings. However, his on-screen rants see the numbers pick up as he delivers some home truths to his country live on screen.

Full cast joining Bryan Cranston in Network at the National Theatre announced
Monday, September 11, 2017

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.

Michelle Dockery
Michelle Dockery to star alongside Bryan Cranston in Network at National Theatre
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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.

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