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Bean's satire is deliberately grotesque. The cartoonish elements are richly enjoyable, laced with political incorrectness....

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Why See Great Britain?

WATCH OUT, WHITEHALL - GREAT BRITAIN TRANSFERS TO THE WEST END!

Richard Bean and Nicholas Hytner follows up their 2012 surprise hit One Man, Two Guv'nors with a satirically biting expose into the world of press freedom and phone hacking, hot on the heels of this year's phone hacking trial verdicts.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Paige Britain (Lucy Punch)is an ambitious young news editor, whose drive and determination for an exclusive story leads her into some very shady dealings indeed. How far is she prepared to go, in order to capture new audiences and keep hold of her regular readers? This play is fast, anarchic furious and is expected to cause waves in the West End, not to mention some red faces just down the road in Whitehall. A must-see for political afficianados and followers of the Leveson Enquiry.

DID YOU KNOW?

The play was rehearsed in complete secrecy until the verdicts in the phone-hacking trials were delivered - not easy given the power of leaks and social media; these guys deserve massive applause for keeping the play under wraps!

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Additional Information

Dates

Previews from: 10 September 2014

Opening night: 26 September 2014

Audience

Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

Two hours and 45 minutes, including one interval

Cast and Creative

Cast

Lucy Punch as Paige Britain
Rest of cast tbc

Creative

Written by Richard Bean
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Designed by Tim Hatley
Lighting by Neil Austin
Music by Grant Olding
Sound by Paul Arditti
Video/projection by Leo Warner
A National Theatre production

What we thought

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Some of the quips are so shady, that the audience are left in shocked silence.

Lucy Punch adds to her "bitchy" acting credentials - her news editor Paige Britain is thoroughly unlikeable, ballsy and outrageously flirtatious when it suits her dreams of editorship.

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Natalie Vincent

Natalie Vincent

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