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adapted by Lee Hall
based on the Paddy Chayefsky film

From 4 November
Running Time: tbc


I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore.

Howard Beale, news anchorman, isn’t pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen. But when the ratings soar, the network seize on their newfound 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. Now, Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour) and director Ivo Van Hove (Hedda Gabler) bring his masterwork to the stage for the first time, with Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) in the role of Howard Beale.

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Produced in association with Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies

Production supported by Marcia Grand in memory of Richard Grand


Talks and events

Network (film screening) Monday 6 Nov, 5pm
Creating Zines: Citizen Voices Saturday 11 Nov, 2pm
Political Slogans Thursday 25 Jan, 6pm
Media Plays at NT Tuesday 20 Feb, 10.30am


Access performances

Access Performances

Captioned performances:
Monday 15 January, 7.30pm
Wednesday 24 January, 2pm

Captioned performances have subtitles on screens at the front of the auditorium so that deaf, hard of hearing or anyone else that would benefit from captions can also enjoy the performance.

Audio-described performances:
Friday 2 February, 7.30pm
Saturday 3 February 2pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm)
Saturday 10 March 2pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm)

These performances have a live audio-description of what is happening onstage that can be heard through headphones. This is so that blind or visually impaired people can also enjoy the performance. A Touch Tour is for blind people to touch the set to familiarise themselves ahead of the performance.


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