November Theatre: What to See

Famous for playing chemistry teacher turned criminal mastermind Walter White in Breaking BadBryan Cranston makes his London stage debut at the National in an adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1976 film Network. Directed by Ivo Van Hove, who regularly fires out ambitious, academic blockbusters (recent examples include Ruth Wilson’s sneeringly desperate Hedda Gabler, and Mark Strong’s claustrophobically physical performance in A View From the Bridge), Cranston plays the once-celebrated news anchorman Howard Beale, told he’s going to lose his job due to plummeting viewers. Delivering wild, unhinged performances on air, and yelling the famous line, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”, Beale boosts his ratings and becomes a populist hero in the process—a spokesperson for a deep-seated, nationwide frustration. Read more of our November theatre picks here.

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