The National Theatre has confirmed the full cast for its upcoming production of Lee Hall’s new adaptation of the Oscar-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky.

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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.

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.

This new production based on the film is directed by Ivo van Hove and is set to star Michelle Dockery as Diana Christenson, Bryan Cranston as Howard Beale and Douglas Henshall as Max Schumaker.

Joining them in the cast will be 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 and Paksie Vernon.

The production will feature 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. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/network

 

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