Richard Bean’s controversial new play Great Britain to open at the National Theatre next week.

Billie Piper to star, alongside Oliver Chris, Robert Glenister and Harriet Thorpe.

New Richard Bean play Great Britain, starring Billie Piper, is to open at the National Theatre next week.

The play is inspired by the current News of the World phone hacking scandal and trial, and covers the press, police and politics in Britain today.

Great Britain - controversial new Richard Bean play at the National Theatre

Great Britain – controversial new Richard Bean play at the National Theatre

Directed by outgoing National chief Nicholas Hytner, the show will open at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre next week, 30 June 2014, without any previews and days after the current phone hacking trial that is taking place at the Old Bailey.

Written by One Man, Two Guvnors and Made in Dagenham author Richard Bean, the play is being described as an “anarchic satire” and stars Billie Piper as Paige Britain, a tabloid news editor.

Other cast includes Oliver Chris, Robert Glenister and Harriet Thorpe, alongside Sarah Annis, Ross Boatman, Robert Calvert, William Chubb, Dermot Crowley, Jo Dockery, Ian Hallard, James Harkness, Scott Karim, Barbara Kirby, Nicholas Lumley, Maggie McCarthy, Iain Mitchell, Miles Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Woodall.

The play will run until 23 August 2014.

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National Theatre – Great Britain