Richard Bean’s hilarious, biting satire Great Britain transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Richard Bean’s smash-hit comedy for the National Theatre gets a much-deserved West End transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Bean follows his international hit play One Man, Two Guvnors with this biting satire about the press, police and politicians in modern British society.
Billed as an “anarchic and foul-mouthed satire”, the play has scooped rave reviews from the critics and resulted in a stampede to the box-office by audiences.
Highlighting the corrupt chain that unites the press, police and politicians in Britain, and covering major public scandals such as phone-hacking and MPs’ expenses, Great Britain is urgently topical, hugely funny play and an absolute must-see.
Great Britain will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 10 September 2014 to 10 January 2015.
Paige Britain is an ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers. Paige’s desperation for a story results in her recruiting the police to help in nailing the supposed killer of two missing children, and work with phone-hacking private investigators along the way.
Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher, Hot Fuzz, Into The Woods) stars as Paige Britain alongside 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, Lucy Punch, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Harriet Thorpe, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Woodall.
Great Britain is written by Richard Bean, directed by Nicholas Hytner, designed by Tim Hatley, with video design by 59 Productions, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding and sound by Paul Arditti.
Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors, also directed by Nicholas Hytner for the National Theatre and winner of the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Play, is currently on its third UK tour following runs at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. His other plays for the National Theatre are England People Very Nice and The Mentalists. Bean has also written The Heretic (Evening Standard Award), Harvest (Critics’ Circle Award), Honeymoon Suite, Under the Whaleback and Toast for the Royal Court (the latter shortly to be revived at the Park Theatre); The Big Fellah for Out of Joint at the Lyric Hammersmith and on tour; and the forthcoming Pitcairn for Out of Joint, Chichester Festival Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. He adapted David Mamet’s House of Games and wrote a new version of The Hypochondriac for the Almeida Theatre, and has written the book for the new West End musical Made in Dagenham.
Since he became Director of the National in April 2003, Nicholas Hytner has directed Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Southwark Fair, The Alchemist, The Man of Mode, The Rose Tattoo (with Steven Pimlott), Rafta, Rafta… , Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, England People Very Nice, Phèdre, The Habit of Art, London Assurance, Hamlet, Collaborators, Travelling Light, One Man Two Guvnors, Timon of Athens, People, Cocktail Sticks, Othello and Live from the National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage.
★★★★ “A timely look at the tangled relationship between the press, politicians and the police. It’s barbed and very funny.” Evening Standard ★★★★ “Blessedly funny. Bracing topicality. Richard Bean doesn’t do things by halves.” Guardian ★★★★ “Laughter-making on an industrial scale. The NT is on exhilarating and exemplary form.” Independent ★★★★ “Terrific acting and slick direction. Bluntly entertaining comedy.” Telegraph ★★★★ “Astounding. The most detailed stage satire I have ever seen.” Financial Times ★★★★ “A good night for theatre, a bad night for red tops.” Independent ★★★★ “Irresistible” Evening Standard ★★★★★ “The laughs come thick and fast from the first minute.” Libby Purves
Booking to 10 January 2015
Running time 2 hrs 45 mins; Christmas schedule: Monday 22 December at 7.30pm; Tuesday 23 December at 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Wednesday 24 December at 2.30pm; Thursday 25 December no performance; Friday 26 December at 7.30pm; Saturday 27 December at 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Monday 29 December at 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Tuesday 30 December at 7.30pm; Wednesday 31 December at 2.30pm; Thursday 1 January no performance; Friday 2 January at 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Saturday 3 January at 2.30pm & 7.30pm