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Great Britain

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About the Show Less...

The National Theatre’s hilarious hit satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Read More >

The National Theatre’s hilarious hit satire about the press, the police and the political establishment, Great Britain tells the story of Paige Britain, the youthful, determined News Editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper embroiled in a seemingly endless war to gain more readers than its rivals.

Written by Richard Bean, who also penned previous hit National Theatre comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, the original run of Great Britain at the National’s South Bank home was announced just days before it opened.

Similarly, its transfer to the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket was announced just days after it opened at the National, such was its popularity.

Great Britain is directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner, whose many credits include The History Boys, The Habit Of Art, Hamlet, Othello and One Man Two Guvnors.

Please note, Great Britain contains frequent strong language.

This show is taking part in our annual discount ticket promotion Get Into London Theatre. Book tickets here.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 09/09/2014

Opening Night: 26/09/2014

Closing Night: 10/01/2015

Running time: 2h45

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Cast & Creative


Lucy Punch, 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, Maggie McCarthy, Iain Mitchell, Miles Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Lucy Punch, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Harriet Thorpe, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins, Andrew Woodall


Director - Nicholas Hytner

Producer - National Theatre

Designer - Tim Hatley

Lighting Designer - Neil Austin

Sound - Paul Arditti

Author - Richard Bean

Music By - Grant Olding

About Haymarket, Theatre Royal

18 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HT

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