The Red Lion
A Live Theatre Production
Written by Patrick Marber
Directed by Max Roberts
Starring Stephen Tompkinson, John Bowler and Dean Bone
If you thought that badge-kissing mercenaries, wide-boy agents and dodgy deals were confined to the Premier League, think again. Set in the ultra-competitive twilight world of semi-professional football, The Red Lion is a powerful, funny and touching drama that reaches beyond the beautiful game, exploring contrasting ideas about loyalty, ambition and what it takes to win, from three different generations.
This production stars Stephen Tompkinson, well known for his TV appearances as DCI Banks, and who previously appeared at Live Theatre as the lead in Faith & Cold Reading, is re-united with Harrigan co-star John Bowler. John started his TV career in the film Ha'way the Lads playing Sunderland footballer Jimmy Seed. He then went on to feature in Auf Wiedersehen Pet and has since starred in The Bill, EastEnders and Coronation Street. John, who grew up in Newcastle, will be making his first appearance at Live Theatre. They will be joined by up and coming actor Dean Bone cast as the young football player, Jordan. Dean, originally from Gateshead, has had lead roles in Live Theatre’s recent productions The Savage and The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes having started in Live’s Youth Theatre.
‘Marber’s dressing room drama is a remarkable three-hander about a sport he clearly knows intimately’ ★★★★ The Guardian
‘a triumph’ The Telegraph
Post Show Talke
Meet the Writer
Saturday 8 April (after 2pm show)
Writer Patrick Marber discusses the writing of the play and adapting it for Newcastle, with Live Theatre’s Artistic Director Max Roberts, followed by a Question and Answer session.
FREE, booking essential. Suitable for Artsmark visits.
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Saturday 6 May, 1pm
A Touch Tour compliments an Audio Described show; this is a ‘hands on’ tour of the set describing props, costumes, characters and the visual style of the show especially for visitors with visual impairments.
Free, booking essential.
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Find out more about Patrick Marber as he talks about Coogan, creativity and his days as a posh stand up - The Guardian
See Patrick Marber's plays and films in pictures - The Guardian