Billie Piper returns to the National in Great Britain

The National Theatre presents Richard Bean's new play Great Britain, starring Billie Piper, which will open at the National's Lyttelton Theatre on 30 Jun 2014 and will continue its limited engagement through to 23 Aug 2014.

Joining Billie Piper in the cast of Great Britain will be Sarah Annis, Ross Boatman, Robert Calvert, Oliver Chris, William Chubb, Dermot Crowley, Jo Dockery, Robert Glenister, Ian Hallard, James Harkness, Scott Karim, Barbara Kirby, Nicholas Lumley, Maggie McCarthy, Iain Mitchell, Miles Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Harriet Thorpe, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Woodall.

Great Britain is directed by National Theatre Director Nicholas Hytner and features scenic design by Tim Hatley, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding, sound design by Paul Arditti and video/projection by Leo Warner.

Synopsis: 'Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an anarchic satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Piper plays Paige Britain, ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never ending battle for more readers.'

Billie Piper was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for her last outing at the National as Connie in 'The Effect' from 2012 to 2013. Other notable stage credits include her West End stage debut as Ann in 'Treats' at the Garrick Theatre in 2007 and as Carly in 'Reasons to be Pretty' at the Almeida in 2011. She is perhaps best known for her Television roles as Rose Tyler in 'Doctor Who' and Hannah Baxter in 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl'. Other TV credits include 'The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale', 'Mansfield Park' and 'Penny Dreadful'. She originally began her career as a popstar, releasing two studio albums - 'Honey to the B' (1998) and 'Walk of Life' (2000) - before transitioning to acting.

Playwright Richard Bean's many credits include 'One Man, Two Guvnors', 'England People Very Nice' and 'The Mentalists', as well as the upcoming West End musical 'Made in Dagenham'.

Tickets for performances from 30 Jun to 12 Jul 2014 are now on sale. The rest of the run (14 Jul – 23 Aug 2014) goes on sale to the public tomorrow.

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