adapted by Lee Hall
based on the Paddy Chayefsky film
directed by Ivo Van Hove
with Brian Cranston
London's National Theatre through March 24, 2018
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.
The paper edition of Lee Hall's adaptation of NETWORK is due out shortly.