In what could very well be the fastest West End transfer announcement in history, Richard Bean's new play Great Britain that opened at London's National Theatre June 30 has, less than 24 hours later, announced that it is to transfer to the West End's Theatre Royal Haymarket after its South Bank run ends, as scheduled, Aug. 23. It will then resume performances in the West End Sept. 10, and will be booking through Jan. 10, 2015.
The play's National Theatre run was only announced four days before the run actually began. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, who also directed Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors that also transferred to the Haymarket, the play is described in press materials as a fast and furious, anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. It revolves around Paige Britain, who is the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.
The production is designed by Tim Hatley, with video design by 59 Productions, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding and sound by Paul Arditti.
Casting for the West End run is still to be announced, but the company at the National is led by Billie Piper as Paige Britain, with Dermot Crowley, Robert Glenister, Jo Dockery, Aaron Neil, Oliver Chris and Rupert Vansittart also in featured roles.
To book tickets, which go on sale July 4, contact the National Theatre box office on 020 7452 3000 (with no booking fee) or visit www.GreatBritainOnstage.com for more details.
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