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Tony- and Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston (Bway's All the Way and TV's Breaking Bad), who won a 2018 Olivier for his performance as a mentally unraveling TV anchorman, reprises his role in this transfer of the 2017 National Theatre production. Directed by Ivo van Hove (A View From the Bridge) and written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), the play is based on Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning 1976 searing film satire.

Howard Beale, an aging anchorman, is dubbed "the mad prophet of the airwaves" because of his unsettling diatribes. When he has a nervous breakdown in his final broadcast ("I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore.") the ratings soar.

This immersive adaptation offers the audience the option of dining onstage during the performance and provides a TV warm-up man to engage the audience. The NYTImes' Ben Brantley praised the National's production as a "bravura exercise in torturously applied pressure" and added that it "feels as pertinent to our time as it did to its own."


  • Belasco Theatre
  • Broadway
  • Play
  • 111 West 44th Street
  • TBA
  • 11/10/2018
  • 12/06/2018
  • 03/17/2019
  • 10
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