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Bryan Cranston to Bring Network From London to Broadway

Ivo van Hove directed the National Theatre production and will reprise his work at the Cort Theatre.

Bryan Cranston in the National Theatre production of Network.
(© Jan Versweyveld)

Bryan Cranston will return to Broadway in the National Theatre production of Network, beginning performances at the Cort Theatre on Saturday, November 10. Opening night is scheduled for Thursday, December 6.

Based on the 1976 Paddy Chayefsky film and adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, the production ran at London's National Theatre November 2017-March 2018 with direction by Ivo van Hove. Cranston, who earned a 2014 Tony Award for his portrayal of President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way, earned an Olivier Award for his performance as news anchor Howard Beale.

Network is described as follows: "Howard Beale, news anchorman, isn't pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen. But when the ratings soar, the network seize on their newfound populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV. Network depicts a dystopian media landscape where opinion trumps fact."

The production will have scenic and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D'Huys, video design by Tal Yarden, and music and sound by Eric Sleichim.

Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.