A first-look photo of Lucy Punch, star of Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

The National Theatre has released a photo of Lucy Punch, who takes over from Billy Piper in the role of Paige Britain in the West End transfer of Great Britain.

Lucy Punch in Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Photo by Johan Persson

Lucy Punch in Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Photo by Johan Persson

Opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 9 September 2014,the show was a sell-out at the National Theatre and will run in the West until until 10 January 2015.

Written by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and directed by Nicholas Hytner, the play is a fast and furious and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment in Britain today.

Lucy Punch plays Paige Britain, an ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.

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

The show is designed by Tim Hatley, with video design by 59 Productions, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding and sound by Paul Arditti.

Photo: Johan Persson

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