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adapted by Lee Hall
based on the Paddy Chayefsky film

4 November 2017 to 24 March 2018
Running Time: About 2 hours. There is no interval


Following the sold-out run at the National Theatre, Bryan Cranston returns to Broadway in Network. Find out more about Network on Broadway

I'm 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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Please note Network contains adult themes, loud noises, flashing lights.

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

Production supported by Marcia Grand in memory of Richard Grand and by Kors Le Pere Theatricals LLC

5 star rating

A total triumph. Bryan Cranston is magnetic.

5 star rating

Thrilling. Ivo van Hove's staging is electrifying.

Time Out
5 star rating

Bryan Cranston is astonishing, Michelle Dockery is mesmerising.

Evening Standard
4 star rating


Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

Savage and timely satire.


Network playtext and programme

Take a look at the programme for Network. Includes articles by Michael Harris on our addiction to outrage and Susan Banducci on politics and the news media. Plus a timeline of the history of television, rehearsal photographs by Jan Versweyveld and biographies for the company.

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Behind the scenes

Network: Staging Live Cinema

Video Designer Tal Yarden discusses the use of pre-recorded and live film in Network, and we follow Julie Rocque and Chris Jackson, the onstage camera operators of the production.

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Harry Hunter
Charles Babalola
Tobi Bamtefa
Tobi Bamtefa
Musical Ensemble
Ed Begley
Musical Ensemble
Alex Bonney
Assistant Musical Director
Tom Challenger
Arthur Jensen
Richard Cordery
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Howard Beale
Bryan Cranston
Isabel Della-Porta
Michelle Dockery
Diana Christensen
Michelle Dockery
Musical Ensemble
Kit Downes
Ian Drysdale
Edward Ruddy
Michael Elwyn
Louise Schumacher
Caroline Faber
Jack Snowden
Robert Gilbert
Musical Ensemble
Pete Harden
Max Schumacher
Douglas Henshall
Nelson Chaney
Tom Hodgkins
Frank Hackett
Tunji Kasim
Andrew Lewis
Beverley Longhurst
Evan Milton
Stuart Nunn
Floor Manager
Stuart Nunn
Rebecca Omogbehin
Continuity Announcer
Patrick Poletti
ELA Member
Danny Szam
Production Assistant
Paksie Vernon
Musical Director
Matthew Wright

Production team

Photography by Graham Pearson

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