DEAR ENGLAND PLAYED ITS FINAL PERFORMANCE ON 13 JANUARY
It’s time to change the game.
The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game? The team has the worst track record for penalties in the world, and manager Gareth Southgate knows he needs to open his mind and face up to the years of hurt to take team and country back to the promised land.
Joseph Fiennes’ portrayal of Gareth Southgate is ‘pitch-perfect’ (Time Out) in this ‘thrilling’ (Sunday Times) new play by James Graham, with set design by Es Devlin. Graham reunites with director Rupert Goold, following their acclaimed productions of Tammy Faye and Ink, in this gripping ‘new stage epic’ (Telegraph) about both nation and game.
Please note this is a fictionalised account of the struggles and successes of England’s football teams, based on extensive research and interviews. It features characters inspired by some real-life individuals, and some composite characters entirely imagined by the author.
Please note this performance contains offensive language, strobe lights, bright lights directly focused at the audience and loud noises throughout.
‘A theatrical spectacle as uplifting as any England victory’
‘A TRIUMPHANT TRANSFER SCORES ON THE WEST END’
‘A BACK-OF-THE-NET WINNER’
‘A brilliant fusion of sport and art’
‘A WINNING TEAM IN A TALE OF FOOTBALL, FEAR AND ENGLAND. EXQUISITE’
‘James Graham brings it home with this rousing new play. Uplifting, funny and more entertaining than a World Cup final’
‘A glorious, generous rollercoaster… That’s what winning looks like’
‘James Graham’s new stage epic. Tremendous’
‘He shoots, he scores. Graham’s fast-moving portrait of Gareth Southgate’s reign as the England football’
‘The beautiful game in a beautiful play’