Full cast announced for National Theatre's Network

Reporter: Robin Johnson, first published Mon 11 Sep 2017 17:46
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Full casting has been announced for the National Theatre and Ivo van Hove's world premiere production of Network, which stars Bryan Cranston (Howard Beale), Michelle Dockery (Diana Christenson) and Douglas Henshall (Max Schumaker).

The cast also 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.

Lee Hall's new adaptation of the Oscar-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky centres on Howard Beale (Cranston), news anchor-man, who 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 Chayefsky won four Academy Awards in 1976.

Audiences can see Network from a completely unique perspective – on-stage – in an immersive dining experience. A limited number of tickets will be available via an online ballot.

Performances begin at the National Theatre from 4 November.