Following its successful run at the Live Theatre in Newcastle, it has been announced that Patrick Marber’s locker room drama will play at the Trafalgar Studios from the 1st November. 

The Red Lion by Patrick Marber - Trafalgar Studios

A promising young football player arrives at a struggling non-league club and pits the veteran kit man against the ambitious manager who’ll do anything to keep the club and himself afloat.

The Red Lion explores ideas of loyalty, ambition and what it takes to win, from the perspectives of three different generations and is based on Marber’s own personal experiences with non-league football.

Talking about the play Patrick Marber said: “To an extent the play is dramatising something about England; that there is one strain of thought which is about community, tolerance and belonging, and there is another which represents a whole counter trajectory about what England could or should be; that England is a business.”

The production is directed by Max Roberts, who commented: “Whilst the play is inherently accessible, full of salty dialogue and laugh out loud set pieces its lyrical qualities to my mind seem to be enhanced by the north-east vernacular brought vividly to life by Stephen Tompkinson, John Bowler and Dean Bone who also compellingly represent the characters emotional complexity.”

Transferring from the Live Theatre in Newcastle, the Trafalgar Studios run will see Stephen Tompkinson (Spamalot, West End; DCI Banks; Drop the Dead Donkey), John Bowler (It Just Stopped, The Orange Tree; Operation Elvis, RSC/Almeida; DCI Banks) and Dean Bone (The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes, Live Theatre; The Savage, Live Theatre; Vera, ITV) reprising their roles.

The production features designs by Patrick Connellan and is produced by Live Theatre and Trish Wadley.

The Red Lion will play at the Trafalgar Studios from the 1st November until the 2nd December. To book tickets visit ATG Tickets




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