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The Red Lion (Football in the theatre)


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Mar 29, 2015, 9:49 PM

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Was wondering why Daniel Mays and a couple of other actors were at Wingate & Finchley yesterday (see WDYG 28/03/15). Hearing they'd been to Lewes on Wednesday made me wonder if one was a non-league fan but Mays wiki entry only mentioned a love of Orient.

After some googling I realised all three (Peter Wight and Calvin Demba were the other two) are in a new Patrick Marber play called The Red Lion in June at The National Theatre. Marber is of course a director at Lewes so that explains that and clearly all three are watching as many games as they can to get ready for this:
"Small-time semi-pro football, the non-league. A world away from the wealth and the television cameras. A young player touched with brilliance arrives from nowhere. An ambitious manager determines to make him his own. And the old soul of the club still has dreams of glory.
A haunting and humorous new play about the dying romance of the great English game and the tender, savage love that powers it."

All sounds good but I have to think - football is always terrible when portrayed on television and film, how on earth will they do on a stage? I'd love to know so maybe I will have to try it. Has anyone seen any football at a theatre before?

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Mar 30, 2015, 12:51 PM

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I saw An Evening with Gary Lineker many moons ago. All the football took place off stage; a wise move.


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