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Lee Hall and director Ivo van Hove bring Chayefsky’s masterwork Network to the stage for the first time, starring Bryan Cranston. Read More >

Lee Hall and director Ivo van Hove bring Chayefsky’s masterwork Network to the stage for the first time, starring Bryan Cranston.

Howard Beale, news anchor-man, isn’t pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen.

But when the ratings soar, the network seizes on their new found populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV.

Network depicts a dystopian media landscape where opinion trumps fact. Hilarious and horrifying by turns, the iconic film by Paddy Chayefsky won four Academy Awards in 1976.

Now, Hall (Billy Elliot, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour) and director van Hove (Hedda Gabler) are staging the story, with Cranston (All The Way, for which he won the Tony for Best Actor, Breaking Bad and Trumbo for which he was nominated for an Oscar) in the role of Howard Beale. Michelle Dockery and Douglas Henshall co-star.

The show will play in the Lyttelton Theatre. Some audiences will even see the show from a completely unique perspective – on-stage – in an immersive dining experience.

Please note Network contains adult themes, loud noises, flashing lights and scenes of a violent nature, including graphic video footage.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 04/11/2017

Opening Night: 13/11/2017

Closing Night: 24/03/2018

Running time: 2h, no interval

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Cast & Creative


Howard Beale - Bryan Cranston

Diana Christenson - Michelle Dockery

Max Schumaker - Douglas Henshall

Cast - Charles Babalola, Tobi Bamtefa, Richard Cordery, Isabella Della-Porter, Ian Drysdale, Michael Elwyn, Caroline Faber, Robert Gilbert, Tom Hodgkins, Tunji Kasim, Andrew Lewis, Beverley Longhurst, Evan Milton, Stuart Nunn, Patrick Poletti, Danny Szam, Paksie Vernon


Director - Ivo van Hove

Costume - An D’Huys

Lighting Designer - Jan Versweyveld

Set Designer - Jan Versweyveld

Sound - Eric Sleichim

Author - Paddy Chayefsky

Music By - Eric Sleichim

Video Designer - Tal Yarden

Fight Director - Kev McCurdy



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