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The NT's Great Britain transfers to W/E

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its run at the Nationl Theatre, Nicholas Hytner’s production of Richard Bean’s Great Britain will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket, where it will play from September 10, 2014 to January 10, 2015.

Public booking will open this Friday, July 4, at 9.30am. Casting for the West End run will be announced shortly.

Tickets: £15 – £59.50, plus concessions. 150 seats at £15 are available at every performance. A limited number of Day Seats at £15 each will go on sale from the Box Office, in person only, from 10am on the day of performance. All ticket prices include a £1.50 restoration levy. To book, call the box office on 020 7930 8800 (Theatre Royal Haymarket) or 020 7452 3000 (NT) or visit or

Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Previously Posted: Great Britain, a new play by Richard Bean, directed by Nicholas Hytner, opens at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on Monday, June 30, playing until August 23, 2014.

Described as fast and furious, Great Britain is an anarchic satire 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 cast also includes 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, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Harriet Thorpe, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Woodall.

Richard Bean’s plays for the National Theatre include One Man, Two Guvnors, winner of the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Play and currently on its third UK tour following runs at the NT, in the West End and on Broadway; England People Very Nice and The Mentalists.

His work also includes The Heretic (Evening Standard Award), Harvest (Critics’ Circle Award), Honeymoon Suite, Under the Whaleback and Toast for the Royal Court (the latter shortly to be revived at the Park Theatre); The Big Fellah for Out of Joint at the Lyric Hammersmith and on tour; and the forthcoming Pitcairn for Out of Joint, Chichester Festival Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Bean also adapted David Mamet’s House of Games and wrote a new version of The Hypochondriac for the Almeida Theatre, and has written the book for the new West End musical Made in Dagenham.

Billie Piper’s stage work includes The Effect at the National Theatre (Evening Standard and Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress); Reasons to be Pretty (Almeida Theatre) and Treats (Garrick Theatre). Her television and film credits include Foxtrot, Penny Dreadful, True Love, A Passionate Woman, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Mansfield Park, The Shadow in the North, Ruby in the Smoke, Doctor Who, Much Ado About Nothing, Bella and the Boys, Canterbury Tales: The Miller’s Tale, Animals United, Spirit Trap,Things to Do Before You’re 30 and The Calcium Kid.

Since he became Director of the National Theatre in April 2003, Nicholas Hytner has directed Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Southwark Fair, The Alchemist, The Man of Mode, The Rose Tattoo (with Steven Pimlott), Rafta, Rafta… , Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, England People Very Nice, Phèdre, The Habit of Art, London Assurance, Hamlet, Collaborators, Travelling Light, One Man Two Guvnors, Timon of Athens, People, Cocktail Sticks, Othello and Live from the National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage.

Great Britain is designed by Tim Hatley, with lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding, sound by Paul Arditti and video/projection by Leo Warner.

NB: Tickets for the first two weeks of performances (until July 12) are now on sale, with the rest of the run (July 14 to August 23) on public sale from June 26.