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Trafalgar Theatre, London4.88 reviews
New Marber’s play will be formed by his personal experience with non-league football

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The Red Lion at the Trafalgar Studios, Studio 2 now on sale!

Three generations explore contrasting ideas about loyalty, ambition and what it takes to win in this powerful locker room drama from multi award winning writer Patrick Marber. 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.  
Directed by Max Roberts, this new version of The Red Lion transfers to London following a sell out run at Live Theatre and stars Stephen Tompkinson (DCI Banks, Drop the Dead Donkey), John Bowler (DCI Banks, The Bill) and Dean Bone (Vera).
In a play that resonates in contemporary British society, The Red Lion goes far beyond the pitch to look at hope, obsessions and the desperation of humanity to be a part of something. 
Patrick Marber’s plays have won Evening Standard, Olivier, Time Out, New York and London Critics’ Circle and Writers’ Guild Awards.
★★★★ 'Football does not feel like a metaphor for life in director Max Roberts' intense and heartfelt production …. It’s a passionate staging with an accomplished cast.' -- The Stage

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Additional Information

Age restriction

Adolescents under 14 will not be admitted.

Running time

1hr 35min (no interval)

Performance dates

1 November 2017 - 2 December 2017


Recommended for ages 14 and above.

Venue Information

Trafalgar Theatre14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

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Customer Reviews

8 reviews4.8

Sharon Andrews- Tait2nd December

Utterly fantastic acting from the cast and a great story. As a regular theatre it's one of the best shows I've seen this year.

Sarah Bruce2nd December

Wonderfully set and props, exceptional acting, great venue and vibe ??????

Niall Fraser1st December

An enjoyable evening. Possibly written before all the revelations that I think everyone is aware of (bungs and drugs) so nothing to shock you .. but plenty to amuse.

Charles Morgan30th November

While I am sure that this production, by Trish Wadley, of the Red Lion could have drawn a lot more people it was a privilege to see Stephen Tompkinson (DCI Banks and Brassed Off) playing the manager on the make. No intermission it is a rip roaring 90 minutes which makes you laugh and makes you sad. Raw human emotions - well mens' anyway! See it!

John Haines29th November

I saw this last night. This was a very good piece of writing beautifully acted by an outstanding cast. The performance deserved the standing ovation. The small theatre enhanced our enjoyment of the piece. This was what good theatre is all about. John Haines [email protected]

Noreen24th November

Absolutely brilliant! Can't recommend highly enough. Great story, acting and venue.

Sue Moyce24th November

Excellently written play brought to brilliant life by the highly talented cast. We didn’t want it to end!

Nicholas Richards2nd November

Great production, very believable cast, dark humour interspersed with reality. Enjoyed it very much.