- Venue: Courtyard Theatre
- Duration: 75
- Age: 14+
- Other: No interval. Contains strong language, Post Show Discussion Mon 14 March with David Peace and Wed 23 March
More Information on The Damned United
Down the stairs…
Along the corridor…
Round the corner…
Into the dressing room… HIS dressing room. Hateful, hateful place. Spiteful, spiteful place. Dirty, dirty Leeds.
1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his managerial career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team. Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him. Don Revie’s Leeds.
A West Yorkshire Playhouse and Red Ladder Theatre Company co-production, adapted from David Peace’s ingenious novel, The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.
By Anders Lustgarten,
adapted from the novel by David Peace
Post Show Discussion with David Peace
Monday 14 March
Find out how it all kicked off in an exclusive discussion with the author of the novel.
Cast & Credits
A West Yorkshire Playhouse and Red Ladder Theatre Company co-production / By Anders Lustgarten, adapted from the novel by David Peace / Director Rod Dixon / Designer Signe Beckmann /
A West Yorkshire Playhouse and Red Ladder Theatre Company co-production
as Peter Taylor
John Graham Davies
as Brian Clough
as Manny/Cussins/Jack Kirkland
“cracking new adaptation”
“It’s a damnably entertaining 90 minutes, no half-time”
“ingeniously staged by Rod Dixon, with an 11-strong ensemble capturing the rhythms of the game”
“A powerful central performance”
“Lancel’s charismatic performance and Dixon’s ingenious staging”
“It is a show for footballers and theatre goers”
“The Damned United throughout is ingenious and eye opening. A must-see whether one is a football fan or not”
“Lancel masterfully mimics Clough’s famous mannerisms and is supported by a strong performance from Tony Bell as Peter Taylor”
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- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance