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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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London SE1 9PX
Performance days & times
Mon – Thu evenings & all matinees
£62 – £15
Fri & Sat evening
£67 – £18
Captioned performances, for deaf or hard‑of‑hearing people:
Monday 15 January, 7‑30pm
Wednesday 24 January, 2‑00pm
Audio‑described performances, for blind and visually imparied people:
Friday 2 February, 7‑30pm
Saturday 3 February 2‑00pm (Touch Tour 12‑30pm)
Saturday 10 March 2‑00pm (Touch Tour 12‑30pm)
Author: Adapted by Lee Hall, based on the Paddy Chayefsky film
Composer: Eric Sleichim
Director: Ivo van Hove
Set designer: Jan Versweyveld
Costume designer: An D'Huys
Lighting: Jan Versweyveld
Sound: Eric Sleichim
Video designer: Tal Yarden