Lucy Punch in Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Actress Replacing Billie Piper as the National Theatre Production Heads to a New Venue in September
It has been revealed that Lucy Punch will be replacing Billie Piper in the upcoming transfer of Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The actress will take on the role of Paige Britain, currently portrayed by Piper at the Lyttelton National Theatre, when it opens its doors in the West End in September.
Ben Mansfield is also heading to the West End version of the show, replacing Oliver Chris, whilst the rest of the cast will remain the same. It means that those that pick up theatre tickets will still see Sarah Annis, Ross Boatman, Robert Calvert, Maggie McCarthy, William Chubb, Dermot Crowley, Jo Dockery, Robert Glenister, Ian Hallard, James Harkness, Scott Karim, Barbara Kirby, Nicholas Lumley, Iain Mitchell, Miles Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Nick Sampson, Kellie Shirley, Kiruna Stamell, Harriet Thorpe, Rupert Vansittart, Joseph Wilkins and Andrew Woodall in the West End.
Great Britain follows the mentioned character of Paige Britain, the editor of the well known (fictional) tabloid The Free Press. This newspaper strives to do whatever it can to ensure the largest readership possible and as a result it regularly finds itself at the epicentre of some contentious issues. As such, Great Britain sees the press, the police and politics itself colliding onstage in one of the most topical shows of the year.
The show began performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket only days after it was first announced. Its revelation emerged during the height of the recent phone-hacking trial and its script, by Richard Bean, is clearly designed to mirror current events.
Its West End transfer means that it joins other National Theatre productions in the West End like War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Lucy Punch has three high profile theatre credits to her name in the forms of A Carpet, A Pony And A Monkey at the Bush Theatre, Boy Gets Girl at the Royal Court Theatre and The Graduate at the Gielgud Theatre, though she was also a member of the National Youth Theatre. Her screen roles have included You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Bad Teacher, Hot Fuzz, Dinner For Schmucks and Ella Enchanted, alongside television work like Doc Martin, The Class, Vexed and Ben And Kate.
Currently the home of Daytona until late August, the Theatre Royal Haymarket welcomes Great Britain from Wednesday 10th September 2014 to Saturday 10th January 2014.