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Great Britain - Lucy Punch leads cast

Lucy Punch. Photo credit: Dan Jackman/

Casting news

LUCY Punch will play the leading role of Paige Britain in the West End transfer of Richard Bean’s new play, Great Britain, which runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from September 26, 2014 (previews from September 9) to January 10, 2015.

Ben Mansfield will also be joining the West End cast.

Described as a fast and furious new play, Great Britain is an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Paige Britain is the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.

Lucy Punch’s previous theatre credits include Boy Gets Girl (Royal Court Theatre), A Carpet, A Pony, and A Monkey (Bush Theatre) and The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre).

Her screen work includes Ben and Kate, Vexed and The Class (TV); You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Hot Fuzz, St Trinian’s, Bad Teacher, Being Julia, Are You Ready for Love and Dinner for Schmucks (film). She was most recently directed on film by Rob Marshall in Disney’s Into The Woods which will be released in the UK in the new year.

Reprising their roles in the West End will be Sarah Annis, Ross Boatman, Robert Calvert, William Chubb, Dermot Crowley, Jo Dockery, Robert Glenister, Ian Hallard, James Harkness, Scott Karim, Barbara Kirby, Nicholas Lumley, Ben Mansfield, Maggie McCarthy, Iain Mitchell, Miles Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Lucy Punch, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Harriet Thorpe, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Woodall.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, Great Britain is designed by Tim Hatley, with video design by 59 Productions, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding and sound by Paul Arditti.

Great Britain continues at the National Theatre until August 23, 2014.

Image: Lucy Punch. Photo credit Dan Jackman

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