Great Britain

Great Britain theatre breaks are no longer available to book.

Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play, Great Britain, is an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment.

Currently receiving rave reviews at the National Theatre, the razor sharp comedy transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 9th September. Bad Teacher actress Lucy Punch will take on the role of Paige Britian, an ambitious tabloid news editor, who is prepared to do whatever it takes to secure her position of power which involves blackmail, sleeping with the Metroplotian Police’s Assistant Police Commissioner and conspiring with the Downing Street communications head honcho.

The Independent gave it 4 stars and described it as Laughter-making on an industrial scale and The Guardian called it Blessedly funny. Bracing topicality. Richard Bean doesn’t do things by halves.

Richard Bean has already had huge comedy success with his adaptation of One Man Two Guvnors and in fact, Great Britain was in secret rehearsals whilst the phone hacking court case was on-going with the National Theatre only announcing the production 3 days after the legal proceedings had finished.

Whilst Bean plays down the resemblance of the fictional tabloid, The Free Press, to the News of the World or indeed that any of his characters are based on “real people” its not hard for the audience to identify certain Brooks, Coulson and Murdock traits in the cast.

Very current and very funny Great Britain is certainly a comedy not to be missed this Autumn.

Theatre and Hotel Breaks

The Theatre Royal Haymarket is just south of Piccadilly Tube station, which is on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines, giving easy access to hotels in Bloomsbury, Kings Cross, Mayfair, Kensington, Knightsbridge Marylebone, Fitzrovia and the Southbank.

If a walk is all you want then the Radisson blu Leicester Square (4 star) and Hampshire (5 star) hotels are closest and are of an excellent standard. Just across the other side of Piccadilly Circus, the Cavendish Hotel in Mayfair offers great 4 star accommodation at a much more affordable price (at the time of writing!) as does the 3 star St Giles hotel just a little further away on Oxford Street.

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Genre: Comedy
Theatre RoyalHaymarket, London SW1Y 4HT
Previews : 9th September 2014
23rd September 2014
Booking to10th January 2015
Performance timesMonday to Saturday 19:30; and Wednesday & Saturday 15:00
Nearest Tube StationLeicester Square on the Northern and Piccadilly lines
Hotels within walking distance5 star Radisson Blu Hampshire; 4 star Washington Mayfair ; 3 star Travelodge Covent Garden

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