The Red Lion

Football meets theatre in this gripping changing-room drama

A New Wolsey Theatre production


A new production of the West-End hit

It’s the small-time. The semi-pro. The non-league. In a world far removed from the wealth and media of football, this club is struggling to make ends meet. So, when a gifted young player arrives out of nowhere, it’s the opportunity everyone’s been waiting for. For the kit man this brilliant player will restore the declining fortunes of the club. But the ambitious manager is determined to make him his own.

Exploring issues of trust, loyalty and conflict across three generations, this is a new production of the touching, funny and powerful locker-room drama from multi-award-winning writer Patrick Marber.

In a play that resonates in contemporary British society, The Red Lion goes beyond the pitch to look at hope, obsessions and the desperation of humanity to be a part of something.

26 – 30 Sep 23
£19* - £29* | Under 26s £8

*+65p QNext fee
Running Time
100 minutes
No interval
Access Details

Audio description available at all performances

Age guidance 14+ | Includes language and situations authentic to the characters and worlds portrayed. Contains very strong swearing, flashing lights, smoke, and haze.


Alastair Natkiel
Crispin Letts
Olatunji Ayofe

Creative team

Patrick Marber
Douglas Rintoul
Jamie Beddard
Associate Director
Helen Atkinson
Sound Designer
Zoe Hurwitz
Set & Costume Designer
Haruka Kuroda
Fight Director
Kira Tisbury
Wardrobe Supervisor
Jack Weir
Lighting Designer
Christopher Worrall
Casting Director

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