Richard Bean’s Great Britain — a scatalogically accurate satire of the press that has come hot on the heels of the hacking scandal that brought down The News Of The World and culminated last week in a guilty verdict handed down last week for former editor Andy Coulson — is transferring from the National Theatre’s South Bank complex to the West End. Performances are slated to begin September 10 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and run through January 10, 2015. The show opened earlier this week at the National.
The company describes Great Britain as “an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Paige Britain is the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.”
Bean is the playwright behind One Man, Two Guvnors, a masterful riff on the classic Carlo Goldoni farce The Servant Of Two Masters, which was an earlier hit for the National starring James Corden, and transferred to a Tony Award-winning run on Broadway. Great Britain reunites the playwright with director Nicholas Hytner, National Theatre director and the helmsman behind several West End and Broadway transfers, including The History Boys and One Man. The new show 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 will be announced shortly.