There were plenty of non-football-related questions – and high praise indeed from the many non-football fans in the audience, including one woman who relishes not having to watch Match of the Day since parting with her ex-husband eight years ago.
Red Lion FC is a northern, semi-professional club with an ambitious manager and not a lot of cash. When Yates (club stalwart turned kit man) discovers an incredible new talent, Jordan, manager Jimmy shows a cautious interest – but soon senses pound signs when he sees the lad play.
Two old muckers run a semi-professional club in the Northern League – John Bowler‘s wonderfully poetic Yates, a deeply loyal ex-player with the stamp of Nobby Stiles, is the ‘kit man’ who does the players’ laundry and bungs them a tenner when they’re short.
Those who don’t love the ‘beautiful game’ shouldn’t let this stand in the way of coming along to see this wonderfully judged production that takes audiences behind the scenes of football to show how desperation and anxiety can lead to bad decisions.
The Red Lion is more than a play about football – thank god. It is terrifically well written, beautifully acted by all three men but particularly the outstanding Tompkinson, and superbly directed by Max Roberts.
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the stars of Patrick Marber’s THE RED LION, “a Premiere League play about non-league football” (Gary Lineker), now receiving its West End debut, on Thursday 9 November 2017. Got any questions?
After a sell-out season in Newcastle, Live Theatre’s production of Patrick Marber’s 2015 play The Red Lion, starring Stephen Tompkinson, transfers to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios, where it runs for a limited season 1 November to 2 December 2017