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 forThose 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