Great Britain at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets
Great Britain at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets

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About the show

Written by Richard Bean (One Man Two Guvnors), Great Britain was brought to the National Theatre as a surprise by director Nicholas Hytner. Originally starring Billie Piper as Paige Britain, the show was such a success that it received a transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Great Britain is a new play based on the recent British phone hacking scandal, in which the voicemails on mobile phones of celebrities were tapped into in order to generate news stories. Richard Bean described the play as being an examination of the “state-of-the-nation,” with “press, politics and police in bed with each other.”

Set in a tabloid newsroom, the show focuses on the character of Paige Britain, a ruthless young news editor who would do anything to get a story for tabloid publication, The Free Press. Great Britain also heavily hints at those involved in the scandal such as Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch, as well as presenting various celebrity characters who are regularly attacked by the press.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner as his last production as Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Great Britain features lighting from Neil Austin, video by Leo Warner, music by Grant Olding, sound by Paul Arditti and design by Tim Hatley.

Recommended for

Those who are interested in a gritty political satire will enjoy this show, for example fans of The Audience and King Charles III.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for age 15 + Strong language

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including an interval
Opened: 10 Sep 2014
Press night: 26 Sep 2014
Booking from: 18 Dec 2014
Booking until: 10 Jan 2015

Location and map

Theatre Royal Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT

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