Football at The National Theatre!

"The Red Lion"

"Passion. Loyalty. Salvation. 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. Patrick Marber returns to premiere a fifth play at the National Theatre, where his previous work includes Dealer’s Choice and Closer".

Marber's new play runs during August and September at the Dorfman Theatre - part of the National Theatre compex on The South Bank. In a recent interview he describes how he escaped from a long period of writer's block through his involvement with his local club - Lewes FC - a club which he and a group of friends acquired and turned from near bankruptcy to a flourishing community-owned enterprise.