Dear England Tickets

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, London
10 June 2023 - 11 August 2023
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Joseph Fiennes stars in James Graham’s new play

Award-winning writer James Graham (Best of Enemies, Tammy Faye, Sherwood) brings his new play Dear England to the National Theatre.

Joseph Fiennes stars as real-life football manager Gareth Southgate, in a captivating new play that shines a light on the England men’s football team, and examines the complex psychology of the much loved ’beautiful game of football.

Dear England is directed by Rupert Goold and will play the National’s Olivier Theatre from 10 June to 11 August 2023.

What's the story of Dear England?

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.

Who is in the cast of Dear England?

Joseph Fiennes as Gareth Southgate

Further casting to be announced

Who are the creative team of Dear England?

Written by James Graham

Directed by Rupert Goold

Set Design by Es Devlin

Costume Design by Evie Gurney

Lighting Design by Jon Clark

Video Design by Ash J Woodward 


Show Information

Performance dates
10 June 2023 - 11 August 2023
Running time
To be confirmed

Cast Highlights

Venue Information

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1

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James Graham play Dear England to star Joseph Fiennes at the National Theatre
James Graham's new play Dear England is heading to the National Theatre starring Joseph Fiennes as football manager Gareth Southgate A new play about the England men's football team managed by Gareth Southgate is coming to the National Theatre, written by James Graham (Best of Enemies, Tammy Faye, Sherwood). Dear England is set when Gareth Southgate was manager of the England team, and will star Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid's Tale, Shakespeare in Love) as Southgate. Directed by the Almeida's artistic director Rupert Goold, Dear England will play the National's Olivier Theatre from 10 June to 11 August 2023. Joining Rupert Goold in the creative team will be set designer Es Devlin (The Crucible, The Lehman Trilogy), costume designer Evie Gurney, lighting designer Jon Clark, and video design by Ash J Woodward. National Theatre director Rufus Norris said in a press statement: "I am delighted to be welcoming James Graham back to the National Theatre this summer with his new play. Dear England is a captivating examination into the complex psychology of the much loved ’beautiful game’." Writer James Graham said: "To tell this story of the national game on the stage of the National Theatre is just the greatest thrill, if an intimidating responsibility. The experience of working on This House at the National Theatre 10 years ago changed my life as an emerging writer. Now, with Dear England, to be given the opportunity to shine a light on another public institution in the form of the England men’s football team is, I know, an exciting opportunity. What Gareth Southgate has attempted in his quiet cultural reform of England football I find epic and deeply moving. And I’m so grateful to be surrounded by some of British theatre’s most exciting creative talent to unite around this new show." The National Theatre also announced today that its acclaimed production of The Crucible will transfer into the West End, directed by Lyndsey Turner and designed by Es Devlin. It will play the Gielgud Theatre from 7 June to 2 September 2023, between To Kill a Mockingbird finishing on 20 May, and before Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends starts on 16 September 2023. James Graham's play Best of Enemies completed its run at the weekend at the Noel Coward Theatre in London, starring David Harewood and Zachary Quinto. Currently playing at the National Theatre is Simon Stone's new version of Phaedra starring Janet McTeer in the Lyttelton Theatre, and musical Standing at the Sky's Edge in the Olivier Theatre. Both plays have got great reviews - read Phaedra reviews, and Standing at the Sky's Edge reviews. Also the National Theatre's production of The Lehman Trilogy, directed by Sam Mendes, is now playing at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. More about Dear England tickets at the National Theatre in London

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