Ahead of performances beginning at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre, the stars and creatives of Network met the press. In a transfer from the Olivier-winning London production at the National Theatre, Bryan Cranston reprises his roles as anchorman Howard Beale.
Based on the 1970s film of the same name, Network tells the story of a television anchor about to lose his job due to low ratings. When his emotions lead to an on-air outburst, the ratings skyrocket and Beale has a chance to deliver a meaningful message to his viewers. Originally written for the screen as a satire, the play—in an adaptiation by Lee Hall—is anything but for a 2018 audience.
Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View From the Bridge) creates an immersive production. The stage takes on the design of a television network studio and uses media and simulcast to produce Beale’s show, as well as the restaurant where numerous key scenes take place. Meanwhile, audiences will be able to sit onstage (and enjoy dinner) as “patrons” of the restaurant.
Learn more about what to expect from the production in the video above.
Network plays at the Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street between Sixth & Seventh Avenues) in a limited engagement run, with previews from November 10, an opening night set for December 6, and closing scheduled for March 17, 2019.