Billie Piper dishes the dirt in National Theatre’s Great Britain

Billie Piper & Dermot Crowley in Great Britain. Photo by 59 Productions
Billie Piper & Dermot Crowley in Great Britain. Photo by 59 Productions

They’re calling it the “hacking play”. Great Britain, which opens on the National Theatre’s Lyttelton stage on Monday, is Richard Bean’s fast and furious anarchic satire is about the press, the police and the political establishment.

Billie Piper plays Paige Britain, ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.

The full cast is: Sarah Annis, Ross Boatman, Robert Calvert, Oliver Chris, William Chubb, Dermot Crowley, Jo Dockery, Robert Glenister, Ian Hallard, James Harkness, Scott Karim, Barbara Kirby, Nicholas Lumley, Maggie McCarthy, Iain Mitchell, Miles Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Billie Piper, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Harriet Thorpe, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Woodall.

Richard Bean’s plays for the National include One Man, Two Guvnors, England People Very Nice and The Mentalists.

The production will be directed by Nicholas Hytner.

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