Calvin Demba

The Red Lion 

The Red Lion is back on stage this Thursday  9 July with performances through 25 July.

Tickets are available for those performances plus the remainder of the run through 30 September. Book tickets online via The National Theatre.

Friday Rush ticketing continues every Friday at 1pm and day tickets are usually available for most performances.

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The Red Lion: Theatre Reviews

22 June-  An insightful and intuitive review by Alex Stewart of The Set Pieces.

15 June- The Daily Express 4 Star review of The Red Lion: ” Marber is rewarded by a trio of superb performances.”

13 June – About Time Magazine review of the The Red Lion: Daniel Mays “…is utterly beguiling”

12 June- The Independent has a fantastic review for The Red Lion.

11 June – The Guardian 4 Star review: “Daniel Mays as Kidd has the manic energy of a man on the edge of desperation and suggests that, even inside this self-seeking chancer, lurks an instinct for the game.”

– Time Out Theatre 4 Star review: “Club manager Kidd, played by the eternally wonderful Danny Mays, is an archetypal wheeler dealer.”

-The Evening Standard 4 Star review: “Mays is thrillingly volatile.”

– Financial Times 4 Star review (login may be needed) – The Exeunt 5 Star review: “it’s a veritable symphony.”

The Upcoming 5 Star review: “Daniel Mays gives a sensationally polished performance as Jimmy Kidd. Full of energy, emotion, hysteria and yet so controlled, Mays is a deeply affecting and immensely entertaining actor to watch in this spectacular production.”

– MetroUK 4 Star review: ‘Gripping. Punchy. Makes the game beautiful again.’

10 June -The Telegraph 4 Star review. “Mays is on hypnotic form as the strutting, spiv-like Kidd.

-What’s On Stage 4 Star review. “Mays is masterful.”

-The Stage review: “Patrick Marber’s slow-burning ode to football and what it means to those who love it.”

-The Arts Desk review: “This is a study of men and masculinity, of belonging, and of the emotional pull of sport for some”

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Additional Production Photos: The Red Lion

More stunning photos of The Red Lion Production have been released ahead of press night this evening:

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The Red Lion Production Gallery

The National Theatre has released The Red Lion production photographs.

Image by Catherine Ashmore/National Theare

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Image by Catherine Ashmore/National Theatre

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Image by Catherine Ashmore/National Theatre

Image by Catherine Ashmore/National Theatre

Image by Catherine Ashmore/National Theatre

Previews continue through Tuesday 9 June with press night Wednesday 10 June.

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The Red Lion Previews Kick Off Tonight!


Passion. Loyalty. Salvation.

Break a leg and all the best to Danny Mays, Calvin Demba, Peter Wight, Ian Rickson, Patrick Marber, and crew with tonight’s first preview performance of The Red Lion at The National Theatre!

“The thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.” Terry Prachett, Unseen Academicals

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The Red Lion Interviews & Press

14 June: Fantastic interview with Peter Wight from The Stage.  
10 June 2015 – More photos from The Red Lion press photo call at the Dorfman Theatre on 9 June 2015 (via photographer Elliott Franks). And photographer Alastair Muir

Curtis Brown article on Daniel Mays’ National Theatre debut this evening in The Red Lion.

– Getty Images has stunning production photos from The Red Lion. Embed from Getty Images

9 June 2015: BBC Front Row has an excellent John Wilson interview with The Red Lion’s talented playwright (and mega Lewes FC supporter) Patrick Marber.

–  Another great interview with Patrick Marber from ESPN FC.

–  Patrick Marber on ‘The Red Lion’, writer’s block, and getting fired from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’  via The Independent.

8 June 2015: Additional production photos for The Red Lion released by The National Theatre.

7 June 2015: The Observer New Review (Guardian): Daniel Mays: ‘Football is just the gateway. It’s really about betrayal, loss and ambition’

5 June 2015: Time Out has a first look at The Red Lion production photos.

29 May 2015: Sport on stage: talk a good game Like other sporting dramas, Patrick Marber’s new play about football takes on wider resonance (login needed).

19 May 2015: Interview with director Ian Rickson The Red Lion: A play for Non-League supporters
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The Red Lion: Rehearsal Photos

The National Theatre has released rehearsal photos from The Red Lion:

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Small-time semi-pro football, the non-league. A world away from the wealth and the television cameras. A young player touched with brilliance arrives from nowhere. An ambitious manager determines to make him his own. And the old soul of the club still has dreams of glory.

A haunting and humorous new play about the dying romance of the great English game – and the tender, savage love that powers it. From June 3 at The Dorfman Theatre.

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