Pravda (play)

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Pravda is a satirical play by David Hare and Howard Brenton exploring the role of journalism in society. It was first produced at the National Theatre in London on 2 May 1985, directed by Hare and starring Anthony Hopkins in the role of Lambert Le Roux, white South African media mogul. [1] It is a satire on the mid-1980s newspaper industry, in particular the Australian media and press baron Rupert Murdoch. [2] [3] Its title refers to the Russian Communist party newspaper Pravda .


The play won 1985 Best Play Award from both the London Evening Standard Awards and City Limits magazine. [4] It has been described as "one of the biggest hits in the history of the National Theatre." [5]

Original cast

Critical reception

Punch called it "A savagely bitchy and often wildly funny evening"; the Financial Times noted "A magnificent epic drama"; and The Observer wrote of "sulphorous and crackling entertainment." [6] [7]

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