Great Britain

National Theatre

Lyttelton Theatre
June 2014

Haymarket Theatre
September 2014

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.

Selected Reviews

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

The Guardian

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

The Arts Desk

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 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.

The Financial Times



Richard Bean


Nick Hytner

Set Designer

Tim Hatley

Video Design

59 Productions

Lighting Designer

Neil Austin

Sound Design

Paul Arditti


Grant Olding


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