Poster for the National Theatre production
|Written by||Lee Hall (play)|
Paddy Chayefsky (film)
|Date premiered||13 November 2017|
|Place premiered||Lyttleton Theatre, National Theatre, London|
The play premiered in the Lyttleton Theatre at the National Theatre in London on 13 November 2017 (following previews from 4 November) and ran until 24 March 2018. The production was directed by Ivo Van Hove and starred Bryan Cranston as Howard Beale.
The play features set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, video design by Tal Yarden, costume design by An D'Huys, music by Eric Sleichim and sound design by Tom Gibbons. It was produced in association with Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies and supported by Marcia Grand for the memory of Richard Grand.
The play also features a live onstage television studio and an onstage restaurant titled Foodwork, where audience members can enjoy a three-course meal while watching the play.
The production premiered on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre, with previews beginning on 10 November 2018 and officially opening on 6 December 2018. Originally, the production was scheduled to run for 18 weeks only to March 17, but has extended the run to April 28, 2019. Originally, the transfer was scheduled to play the Cort Theatre, but following the early closure of Gettin' the Band Back Together, producers announced that the play would open at the Belasco Theatre. Cranston reprises the role of Howard Beale alongside Tatiana Maslany in her Broadway debut as Diana Christensen and Tony Goldwyn as Max Schumacher.
The plot closely follows that of the 1976 film but uses stage devices and audio visual technology to immerse the audience as participants.  The audience becomes part of the play both as diners and a studio audience. The distance between fact and fiction is reduced, mimicking the blurring of truth and fiction in contemporary news media.
The London production of the play received mostly rave reviews, singling out Cranston's performance.
|Characters||London (2017)||Broadway (2018)|
|Howard Beale, anchorman||Bryan Cranston|
|Harry Hunter, associate producer||Charles Babalola||Julian Elijah Martinez|
|Max Schumacher, head of News||Douglas Henshall||Tony Goldwyn|
|Frank Hackett, executive||Tunji Kasim||Joshua Boone|
|Louise, Schumacher's wife||Caroline Faber||Alyssa Bresnahan|
|Ed Ruddy, chairman||Michael Elwyn||Ron Canada|
|Diana Christensen, director of Programming||Michelle Dockery||Tatiana Maslany|
|Schlesinger, her researcher||Evan Milton||Susannah Perkins|
|Nelson Chaney, executive||Tom Hodgkins||Frank Wood|
|Jack Snowden, presenter||Robert Gilbert||Barzin Akhavan|
|Arthur Jensen, head of UBS||Richard Cordery||Nick Wyman|
|Director||Ian Drysdale||Bill Timoney|
|Sheila, production assistant||Paksie Vermon||Nicole Villamil|
|Floor manager||Stuart Nunn||Jason Babinsky|
|Continuity announcer||Patrick Poletti||Henry Stram|
|Secretary||Isabelle Della-Porta||Camila Canó-Flaviá|
|ELA member||Danny Szam||Eric Chayefsky|
|Critics' Circle Theatre Award||Best Actor||Bryan Cranston||Won|
|WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Actor in a Play||Bryan Cranston||Nominated|
|Best Video Design||Tal Yarden||Nominated|
|Laurence Olivier Awards||Best New Play||Nominated|
|Best Actor||Bryan Cranston||Won|
|Best Lighting Design||Jan Versweyveld||Nominated|
|Best Sound Design||Eric Sleichim||Nominated|
|Tony Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play||Bryan Cranston||Won|
|Best Direction of a Play||Ivo van Hove||Nominated|
|Best Scenic Design of a Play||Jan Versweyveld||Nominated|
|Best Lighting Design of a Play||Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden||Nominated|
|Best Sound Design of a Play||Eric Seichim||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Awards||Outstanding New Broadway Play||Nominated|
|Outstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)||Tal Yarden||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Design (Play or Musical)||Eric Sleichim||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actor in a Play||Bryan Cranston||Won|
|Drama League Awards||Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical||Nominated|
|Distinguished Performance Award||Bryan Cranston||Won|