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Dear England

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Closed January 13, 2024

A glorious, generous rollercoaster... That's what winning looks like

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Gareth Southgate's transformation of the England men's national football team in the hearts and minds of the nation is celebrated and explored in Dear England, a brand new play by James Graham at the National Theatre! Starring Joseph Fiennes of The Handmade's Tale fame, this gripping new work charts the glory, heartache and cultural reset of the Three Lions over the best part of the past decade under Southgate's command. 

Inheriting a squad of underperforming celebrity footballers with a culture of glitz, glamour and ego, Southgate's reign as England manager has seen him quietly transform the national team into a grounded group of individuals seen by many to represent not just the country's top talent, but also the breadth of modern English society; players who stand up for societal issues outside of the game and, importantly, who have achieved feats on the pitch not seen in generations, uniting and inspiring even those who were not normally football fans. 

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Opening night: 9 October 2023

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Joseph Fiennes as Gareth Southgate
Dervla Kirwan as Pippa Grange
Denzel Baidoo as Bukayo Saka
Josh Barrow as Jordan Pickford
Gunnar Cauthery as Gary Lineker
Will Close as Harry Kane
Crystal Condie as Alex Scott
Will Fletcher as Jordan Henderson
Darragh Hand as Marcus Rashford
John Hodgkinson as Greg Clarke
Lloyd Hutchinson as Sam Allardyce
Albert Magashi as Jadon Sancho
Kel Matsena as Raheem Sterling
Lewis Shepherd as Dele Alli
Griffin Stevens as Harry Maguire
Paul Thornley as Mike Webster
Tony Turner as Greg Dyke
Ryan Whittle as Eric Dier. 

Nick Barclay, Tashinga Bepete, Kate Kelly Flood, Will Harrison-Wallace, Miranda Heath, Tom Mahy and Tristan Waterson 

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2 reviews, average rating: (4.0 Stars)

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Vanessa: “Dear England on target!”

Funny, yet also at times very poignant, this is a fascinating examination... more

Doron Greenwood: “This hits the target”

I went to see “Dear England” last night. It was really enjoyable. I... more

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