creative team

Richard Bean


Nick Hytner


Set Designer

Tim Hatley


Video Design
59 Productions 

Lighting Designer

Neil Austin


Sound Design

Paul Arditti



Grant Olding


59 Productions Team

Creative Director
Leo Warner

Animation Director
Zsolt Balogh

Senior assistant designer
Akhila Krishnan

Ninoslav Vrana
Dan Radley-Bemnnett

Assistant Designer
Gareth Damian Martin

Programmer and associate designer
Nick Simmons

Assistant programmer and automation tracking
Dan Murfin

Live Action Shoot

Leo Warner & Nick Hytner

Vanessa Whyte

Camera Assistant/CIT
Chris Belcher

Akhila Krishnan

Video Design, for 59 Productions:
Creative Director: Leo Warner
Animation Director: Zsolt Balogh
Senior assistant designer: Akhila Krishnan
Animators: Ninoslav Vrana, Dan Radley-Bemnnett
Assistant Designer: Gareth Damian-Martin

Programmer and associate designer: Nick Simmons
Assistant programmer and automation tracking: Dan Murfin

Live Action Shoot:
Director: Leo Warner & Nick Hytner
DoP: Vanessa Whyte
Camera Assistant/CIT: Chris Belcher
Producer: Akhila Krishnan

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Great Britain

National Theatre

Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an anarchic satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Billie Piper plays Paige Britain, ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.


'Written with real verve...a production by Nicholas Hytner that is as well marshalled as a military campaign.'

**** The Guardian

'Nicholas Hytner’s production is pacy and busy. Giant video screens dominate Tim Hatley’s design, relaying snippets from other papers — no prizes for recognising the Daily Wail or the Guardener — and as the images flash past we experience the fluidity of the news agenda as well as its limits. 

Bean’s satire is deliberately grotesque. The cartoonish elements are richly enjoyable, laced with political incorrectness, yet they’re interleaved with some altogether more subtle jokes. Even if the show feels a little too broad and could do with a trim, it’s barbed, dense and very funny.'

**** Evening Standard 

'Directed with terrific niftiness by Nicholas Hytner, the play weaves between politically incorrect humour and something darker and more troubling as it raised awkward questions about the divisions between honourable and  disgusting journalistic muck-raking. It suggests that, while a great many of our institutions may be found wanting at the moment, the NT is on exhilarating and exemplary form.'

**** The Independent

'Some fantastic acting work across the board and slick direction from Nicholas Hytner'.

**** The Telegraph

'This is a big play, and Nicholas Hytner gives it one of his big productions, with huge video screens acting as stage “wipes” while showing mocked-up headlines and TV news clips, even supposed YouTube mash-ups of the hapless police commissioner (a rare character with no obvious biographical basis) and his repertoire of foot-in-mouthisms.'

**** Financial Times

'Elegantly staged using mobile glass walls that double as video screens, plus a smart mix of pre-filmed material....But the real scene-stealer is Aaron Neil's gay London police chief Sully Kassam, whose majestically stupid press briefings provide some of the play's most hilarious lines, especially when recycled into Youtube-style parody video clips screened on the glass walls between scenes. This is an inspired use of contemporary social media conventions to amplify comic impact.'

Hollywood Reporter

'There is plenty to enjoy in Nicholas Hytner’s vigorous and charming production.'

The Arts Desk