Retired English footballer and sports broadcaster Gary Lineker OBE will lead an exciting post-show panel on Monday 20 November, discussing the football themes of Patrick Marber’s The Red Lion.
Set in the dressing room of a semi-professional football club in the North East, The Red Lion is a powerful, funny and touching locker room drama reaches beyond the beautiful game. Based on Marber’s own personal experiences of non-league football, the play explores contrasting ideas about loyalty, ambition and what it takes to win, from the perspectives of three different generations.
Lineker comments, “I look forward to seeing this new version of The Red Lion at Trafalgar Studios. It’s a Premier League play about non-league football, and you can join the cast and me for a post-show discussion on the play and the importance of these leagues in the wider game.”
The Red Lion is hoping to attract new young theatre fans by working with some of London’s major football clubs and inviting players from their Academy and Youth Education programmes to come and see the play.
Amy O’Brien, Head of Development at Fulham Football Club Foundation, comments, “We’re delighted that our Football & Education participants can take advantage of this opportunity. In addition to football training, the character and social development of our student-athletes is an integral part of our programme, and team building activities such as this add tremendous value.”
The production, directed by Max Roberts, is brought to life by 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) who will be reprising their roles after a run at Live Theatre.
The Red Lion plays at Trafalgar Studios from Wednesday 1 November – Saturday 2 December, with tickets available through the ATG Tickets website.