The third production which has connectivity at its heart is Network, a Lee Hall adaptation of the 1970s Paddy Chayefsky film about the power,and corruption of television. Thanks to a friend I was one of the lucky recipients of a seat on the stage in the Littleton Theatre, where I was not only in thrilling proximity to the action but where throughout the play I was served a four course meal with wine. A good meal it was too – served by subtle actor-waiters. If I wasn’t a theatre addict to begin with I might complain of over-stimulation. But wow, bring it on! If I had to choose a single word to describe that night of combined dramatic, intellectual, visual, digital, culinary and sensual stimulation... it would have to be satiated. Or... Bacchus. Yes, by the end of the night I felt like Michelangelo’s famously sozzled Bacchus - tottering on my heels from abundant artistic indulgence. I’d be interested to see the play again from the house, while not eating and drinking, but I’m sure everyone in the audience agrees that from any seat the likes of Bryan Cranston, Douglas Henshall, Michelle Dockery, Tunji Kasim, Robert Gilbert, Michael Elwyn and many more gave us a deeply exciting and memorable evening. Thank God for the skill and resources of our National Theatre! There are dozens of first rate performances here (including the sound and design on stage and television screens), and the direction from Ivo van Hove is driven and insightful.
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