Douglas Henshall, the Scottish actor best known for his roles as Professor Nick Cutter in Primeval and Jimmy Perez in the crime drama Shetland, will join Tony winner Bryan Cranston in the National Theatre's world premiere of Network.
Performances will begin at the London venue November 4 prior to an official opening November 13.
Henshall, who starred opposite Kristin Scott Thomas in Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre, will take on the role of Max Schumacher. The cast also includes the previously announced Olivier nominee Michelle Dockery (Burnt By the Sun, Downton Abbey), who will play Diana Christenson. Cranston stars as Howard Beale.
Lee Hall’s new adaptation of the Oscar-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky is currently scheduled to run through March 24, 2018. Tony winner Ivo van Hove directs.
In a statement Henshall said, “I’m thrilled to be coming back to the National and in particular working with Ivo Van Hove. I’ve always been a huge fan of the film and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
The production concerns news anchorman Howard Beale, who isn’t pulling in the viewers. However, after a sudden emotional outpouring during his final broadcast, ratings soar, and the network begins to capitalize on his newfound popularity.
Cranston, most known for his Emmy-winning performance on Breaking Bad, won a Tony for his performance in All the Way in 2014. He was nominated for an Oscar last year for Trumbo.
Network will feature set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, video design by Tal Yarden, costume design by An D’Huys, and music and sound design by Eric Sleichim. Network is produced in association with Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey, and Lee Menzies.