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at the National Theatre, London until 11th August 2023


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, 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.

Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Mother) plays Gareth Southgate in this new play by James Graham (Best of Enemies, Sherwood). Following their acclaimed productions, Tammy Faye and Ink, he reunites with director Rupert Goold (Spring Awakening, Judy) for this gripping examination of both nation and game.


Director: Rupert Goold 

Set Designer: Es Devlin 

Costume Designer: Evie Gurney  

Lighting Designer: Jon Clark 

Co-Movement Director: Ellen Kane 

Co-Movement Director: Hannes Langolf 

Co-Sound Designer: Dan Balfour 

Co-Sound Designer: Tom Gibbons 

Additional Music: Max Perryment 

Video Designer: Ash J Woodward 

Casting Director: Bryony Jarvis-Taylor

Dialect Coach: Richard Ryder 

Associate Director: Elin Schofield 

Associate Set Designer: Will Brown 

Associate Lighting Designer: Ben Jacobs 

Photos: Andrea Guermani

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