Billie Piper's Great Britain Transferring to the Theatre Royal Haymarket
The Production Was Recently Announced for the Lyttelton National Theatre
At the end of June a new show opened at the Lyttelton National Theatre that coincided with the latest announcements in the phone hacking scandal. Great Britain, which sees Billie Piper portray a tabloid newspaper editor, is set to run at the venue until the second half of August.
Now news emerges of a West End transfer, following in the footsteps of a wealth of well known shows to make the transition from the South Bank venue to Theatreland, as it is set to run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from September.
Great Britain finds Billie Piper playing the character of Paige Britain, the editor of a tabloid called The Free Press. The newspaper will do whatever it can to ensure a large readership and as such it finds itself at the centre of contentious issues. It is a show that finds the press, the police and politics itself colliding in a poignant and topical story.
It has been written by Richard Bean, whose last play for the National Theatre – One Man, Two Guvnors – also enjoyed a successful West End transfer. The show also follows in the footsteps of other National Theatre transfers like War Horse and the recent show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Billie Piper is well known for playing Rose Tyler in two series of Doctor Who alongside Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor and David Tennant’s Tenth, though she also recently made an appearance in the show’s 50th anniversary episode Day Of The Doctor. Her other credits include Secret Diary Of A Call Girl and stage shows such as Treats at the Garrick Theatre, Reasons To Be Pretty at the Almeida Theatre and The Effect at the National Theatre.
The Theatre Royal Haymarket is currently the home of Daytona, which opened in July and is set to continue to late August. The show, starring Harry Shearer and Maureen Lipman, focuses on a couple whose lives are changed when someone arrives from their past.
Great Britain, meanwhile, runs at the venue from Wednesday 10th September 2014 to Saturday 10th January 2014. Prior to that, it runs at the Lyttelton National Theatre from Monday 30th June 2014 to Saturday 23rd August 2014.