The National Theatre has announced that Michelle Dockery will star in its upcoming world premiere of of Network, Lee Hall’s new adaptation of the Oscar-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky.

Michelle Dockery image by Faye Thomas
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Joining the previously announced  Tony award winner Bryan Cranston who is set to star as Howard Beale, Michelle Dockery joins the cast to play Diana Christenson.

Talking about the news the actress said: “It’s a wonderful feeling to be going back to the National after eight years. To be working with Bryan Cranston and Ivo van Hove on an adaptation of this brilliant film is a rare and exhilarating opportunity, I am thrilled.”

Howard Beale, news anchorman, isn’t pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen. But when the ratings soar, the network seize on their newfound populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV.

This world premiere stage adaptation is directed by Ivo van Hove and adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, transforming the Academy Award winning film for new audiences.

The creative team for the production will also include set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, video design by Tal Yarden, costume design by An D’Huys, music and sound design by Eric Sleichim.

Network will play at the National Theatre from the 4th November until the 24th March 2018. For more information visit: