Lucy Punch to star in Richard Bean’s Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Casting has been announced for the forthcoming West End transfer of Richard Bean’s new play Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Hollywood-based British actress Lucy Punch will star as Paige Britain in the West End transfer, taking over from Billie Piper who is currently starring in the play at the National Theatre.
Lucy Punch’s extensive film credits include the forthcoming Disney movie Into The Woods, plus Hot Fuzz, St Trinian’s, Bad Teacher, Being Julia, Are You Ready for Love and Dinner for Schmucks. Her television credits include Let Them Eat Cake, Ben and Kate, Vexed and The Class.
Lucy’s theatre credits include The Graduate at the Gielgud Theatre, Boy Gets Girl for the Royal Court Theatre, and A Carpet, A Pony, and A Monkey for the Bush Theatre.
Also joining the cast is Ben Mansfield, alongside original cast members 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.
Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Paige Britain is the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.
Great Britain received its world premiere at the National Theatre in June this year directed by Nicholas Hytner.
The play opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 9 September 2014 and has a limited run until 10 January 2015.