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Network (London)

Across 4 member reviews
Members say: Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Ambitious

About the show

A new adaptation of the Oscar-winning film, starring Tony and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. More…

Howard Beale, news anchorman, isn’t pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen. But when ratings soar, the network seizes on their newfound populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV. "Network" depicts a media landscape where opinion trumps fact. Comic and hair-raising by turns, the iconic film by Paddy Chayefsky won four Academy Awards in 1976. Directed by Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove.

Member Reviews (4)


Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Ambitious
Avg Score

Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if If you like Bryan Cranston, or an edgy modern play. Cranston is very good in this.

Don't see it if If you dont like a lot of acting on teleprompters. Play tries to be over the top edgy. If you want a play that has many good actors.

Intense, Edgy, Confusing, Intelligent

See it if It's a fast paced and original design to a 1976 movie. It can be distracting at times with all that goes on around the stage.

Don't see it if Political issues, fast paced, many scenes and actors on stage, all at once. Audience members eating/drinking on stage.

Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Outstanding performance by Bryan Cranston, providing character depth but with some charm and warmth. Supporting cast not memorable.

Don't see it if Still relevant story/text about television as a medium and its workings--ratings obsession, message conflicts, production & staff struggles.

Also Intriguing set/staging, including video screens, which conveys the tel... Read more Read less

Great writing, Intelligent, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting

See it if I saw the play in London and had the intensity of the original film. Brian Cranston gives a superb performance. of equal grit as Peter

Don't see it if ... you are a strongTrumpsupporter

Also Finch's Oscar-winning performance. Paddy Chayefsky script is relevant ... Read more Read less

November 14th, 2017
“This revamped ‘Network’...feels as pertinent to our time as it did to its own...Cranston is the perfect stark raving center for this meticulously calibrated mayhem...Watching him romancing the cameras, and seeing him transformed into an army of simulcast selves, is one of this production’s great...
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November 14th, 2017
“The piece is ripe for revisiting. At the same time there's an immediate irony about this adaptation from cinema to stage...The resulting play feels more cinematic than its source...It’s bold, intelligent, funny, with a conceptual and technical swagger that is sometimes quite breathtaking...Such ...
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November 14th, 2017
“The whole production dances itself into distraction...Cranston glides through it all effortlessly...We can’t take our eyes of him...van Hove himself seems stuck on repeat, reusing trickery he’s deployed before — and with diminishing returns. ‘Network’ can feel like the storyboard of a show, one ...
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November 13th, 2017
“The 'Breaking Bad' star is magnetic as a raging anchorman in writer Lee Hall and director Ivo van Hove’s extraordinary version of the prophetic satire...A tremendous performance enhanced by the treat the stage as if it were a studio...The performances are as animated as the staging...
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