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The Damned United

  • 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
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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

Click here to see the audience reaction


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

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    Tony Bell
    as Peter Taylor
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    John Graham Davies
    as Longson/Owen/Bolton
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    Andrew Lancel
    as Brian Clough
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    Tom Lorcan
    as Mckenzie
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    Tony Turner
    as Manny/Cussins/Jack Kirkland


“cracking new adaptation”

- The Yorkshire Post

“It’s a damnably entertaining 90 minutes, no half-time”

- The Times

“ingeniously staged by Rod Dixon, with an 11-strong ensemble capturing the rhythms of the game”

- The Guardian

“A powerful central performance”

- The Stage

“Lancel’s charismatic performance and Dixon’s ingenious staging”

- Exeunt Magazine

“It is a show for footballers and theatre goers”

- Yorkshire Times

“The Damned United throughout is ingenious and eye opening. A must-see whether one is a football fan or not”

- North West End

“Lancel masterfully mimics Clough’s famous mannerisms and is supported by a strong performance from Tony Bell as Peter Taylor”

- Leeds Living

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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A Signed performance is the usual full production with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for Deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

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