The production will begin performances from the 31st August.

Full casting has been confirmed for Fever Pitch, a new stage adaptation Nick Hornby’s memoir about one man’s obsession with Arsenal Football Club.

The production, directed by  Kennedy Bloomer, is set to star: Ashley Gerlach as ‘Pete/Ensemble’, Gabrielle MacPherson as ‘Sarah/Ensemble’, Jack Trueman as ‘Nick’ and Louise Hoare as ‘Louise/Ensemble’.

When you’re in love nothing else matters. You become obsessed. And it can get pretty tricky if that obsessive love is directed towards eleven men wearing the same shirt and running around like idiots for ninety minutes every Saturday…”

An exhilarating, moving and brutally funny love letter that will appeal to football obsessives and football haters alike. FEVER PITCH charts over two decades of one man’s total and utter obsession with Arsenal Football Club. A treatise on what it means to be a fanatic and what that means for everyone in our lives who isn’t. From exhilarating, all-encompassing moments of joy and pleasure to totally debilitating and soul-destroying lows, Nick’s obsession infects every aspect of his life. Is it really only a game?

It has also been announced that Arsenal Football Club  have committed to maintaining existing links with the theatre, and will bring some of the community groups it works with – who might not otherwise have access to arts and culture – into The Hope Theatre to see the show. Meanwhile, the theatre itself will be releasing 10% of all tickets for Fever Pitch for free for Islington residents.

Kennedy Bloomer said, “It’s exhilarating to be back in a rehearsal room with an incredible team. This story will resonate with those who love the game and even those who don’t. It’s a pleasure to bring my two loves together and celebrate the rich history of Arsenal Football Club and Islington alongside it.”

Fever Pitch will play at The Hope Theatre from the 31st August until the 25th September.