The National Theatre has another success on their hands with the transfer to the Theatre Royal in London’s Haymarket of Great Britain written by Richard Bean. A comedy of today, to my mind, this is the best play currently on in the West End.
I am not into slapstick comedy but Great Britain keeps you laughing. It is highly topical, think of the phone hacking scandal, and its not difficult to guess who everyone is despite the name changes. The story focuses on a sleaze tabloid, The Free Press, aka The News of the World. Outstanding performances from all the cast not least of all Lucy Punch, who plays Paige Britain, the newspaper’s ambitious News Editor. Jo Dockery with curly long hair plays the editor aka Rebecca Brooks who claims to know nothing about what is going on in her newspaper. The newspaper’s proprietor is Irish but there is no getting away from the fact that he is supposed to be Rupert Murdoch. No one is left unscathed in this fast moving comedy. Even HRH The Queen is given a ribbing. Not for anyone who hates strong language. However, in this production, it is acceptable.
Theatre Royal Haymarket
Mon – Sat 7.30pm matinees Wed & Sat 2.30 pm
Box office T. 020 7930 8800 www.trh.co.uk
Worth noting that there are £15.00 tickets available from 10am on the day of the performance – one ticket per person.