This autumn the National Theatre stages the world-premiere of Network, Lee Hall’s new adaptation of the Oscar-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky.
Directed by Ivo van Hove, the cast includes Bryan Cranston as Howard Beale, Michelle Dockery as Diana Christenson and Douglas Henshall as Max Schumaker.
Howard Beale, news anchor-man, isn’t pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen.
But when the ratings soar, the network seizes on their new found populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV.
Network depicts a dystopian media landscape where opinion trumps fact.
Hilarious and horrifying by turns, the iconic film by Paddy Chayefsky won four Academy Awards in 1976.
The full cast is Charles Babalola, Tobi Bamtefa, Richard Cordery, Bryan Cranston, Michelle Dockery, Isabella Della-Porter, Ian Drysdale, Michael Elwyn, Caroline Faber, Robert Gilbert, Douglas Henshall, Tom Hodgkins, Tunji Kasim, Andrew Lewis, Beverley Longhurst, Evan Milton, Stuart Nunn, Patrick Poletti, Danny Szam and Paksie Vernon.
Previews for Network begin November 4 and the production continues the repertoire until March 24.