The National Theatre has pulled a Beyoncé on us: after months of rumours, it’s now been announced that ‘Great Britain’, an anarchic satire on the excesses of the tabloid press starring Billie Piper, will open at the Lyttelton Theatre… on Monday, which is presumably the shortest lead time for a major play in theatre history.
Reuniting the dream ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ team of playwright Richard Bean and director Nicholas Hytner, ‘Great Britain’ stars Piper as tabloid hack Paige Britain. Though it’s not strictly speaking ‘about’ the phone hacking scandal, Hytner was advised that it wouldn’t be legally prudent to open this ‘satire about the press, the police and the political establishment’ until yesterday’s hacking trial verdicts were announced. In true, old school press fashion, it will open on Monday straight to press, with no previews.
The first two weeks of the run (until Sat Jul 12) are on sale now here – tickets for the rest of the run (currently until Sat Aug 23) go on sale at 9.30am tomorrow.
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By Andrzej Lukowski