National Theatre production of James Graham’s ‘DEAR ENGLAND’ to transfer to London’s West End

The National Theatre has announced that its critically acclaimed, sold-out production of James Graham‘s new play, DEAR ENGLAND, directed by Rupert Goold, will transfer to the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End from 9 October 2023 for a strictly limited 14-week run until 13 January 2024.

DEAR ENGLAND tells the story of the England men’s football team under Gareth Southgate.

Joseph Fiennes will reprise his role as Gareth Southgate, with further casting to be announced.

Tickets go on sale to the General Public on 11 August at 10am.

It’s time to change the game. The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game?

With the worst track record for penalties in the world, England manager Gareth Southgate knows he needs to open his mind and face up to the years of hurt to take team and country back to the promised land.

Commissioned by the National Theatre, DEAR ENGLAND was developed with the theatre’s New Work department and had its world premiere in the Olivier theatre on 20 June 2023.

Goold is joined by set designer, Es Devlin; costume designer Evie Gurney; lighting designer, Jon Clark; movement directors, Ellen Kane and Hannes Langolf; sound designers, Dan Balfour and Tom Gibbons and video designer, Ash J Woodward.  Casting is by Bryony Jarvis Taylor; dialect coach is Richard Ryder and associate director is Elin Schofield.

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