About Dear England

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, London
10 March 2025 - 24 May 2025
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The National Theatre’s hit play Dear England returns to the Olivier stage at the National Theatre in Spring 2025.

Following sold-out runs at the National Theatre and the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre in 2023 and 2024, James Graham’s blockbuster drama is back in London in spring 2025.

Written by award-winning writer James Graham (Best of Enemies, Tammy Faye, Sherwood), Dear England is 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.

Dear England is playing at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre from 10 March to 24 May 2025.

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Show Information

Performance dates
10 March 2025 - 24 May 2025
Running time
2 hours and 50 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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?

Casting to be announced

The 2023 – 2024 West End cast of Dear England included:

Joseph Fiennes as Gareth Southgate, Dervla Kirwan as Dr Pippa Grange. Denzel Baidoo as Bukayo Saka, Josh Barrow as Jordan Pickford,  Gunnar Cauthery as Gary Lineker, Will Close as Harry Kane, Crystal Condie as Alex Scott, Will Fletcher as Jordan Henderson,  Darragh Hand as Marcus Rashford, John Hodgkinson as Greg Clarke,  Lloyd Hutchinson as Sam Allardyce, Albert Magashi as Jadon Sancho, Kel Matsena as Raheem Sterling, Lewis Shepherd as Dele Alli, Griffin Stevens as Harry Maguire, Paul Thornley as Mike Webster, Tony Turner as Greg Dyke, Ryan Whittle as Eric Dier.  Also Nick Barclay, Tashinga Bepete, Kate Kelly Flood, Will Harrison-Wallace, Miranda Heath, Tom Mahy and Tristan Waterson.

Who are the creative team of Dear England?

Written by James Graham and directed by Rupert Goold.

Set designer, Es Devlin; costume designer Evie Gurney; lighting designer, Jon Clark; movement directors, Ellen Kane and Hannes Langolf; sound designers, Dan Balfour and Tom Gibbons; and video designer, Ash J Woodward. Additional music is by Max Perryment, the casting director is Bryony Jarvis Taylor, dialect coach is Richard Ryder, and associate director is Elin Schofield.


Reviews

★★★★★ “James Graham’s new stage epic. Tremendous" - The Telegraph
★★★★★ "A thumping win" - i News
★★★★★ “The beautiful game in a beautiful play" - What's On Stage
★★★★ "A wildly entertaining romp" - TimeOut
★★★★ “A glorious, generous rollercoaster… That’s what winning looks like.” - Financial Times
★★★★ "James Graham scores again with this thrilling football drama" - Evening Standard
★★★★ "A joyous example of populist theatre" - The Times
★★★★ "Joseph Fiennes gives an extraordinarily uncanny central performance" - The Stage

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Important Notes

Content warning: This production contains flashing lights, loud noises, some offensive language

Notes: This is a fictionalised account of the struggles and successes of England’s football teams, based on extensive research and interviews. It features characters inspired by some real-life individuals, and some composite characters entirely imagined by the author.

Access performances: Audio Described performances: Fri 11Sat 12 Apr, 2pm; Wed 30 Apr, 1 pm (school matinee); Fri 23 May, 7.30pm; Captioned Performances: Sat 19 Apr, 2pm Wed 7 May (school matinee, also with BSL), 1pm Thu 15 May, 7.30pm; BSL performances: Wed 7 May (school matinee, also with captions), 1pm; Fri 2 May, 7.30pm; Relaxed performance: Tue 15 Apr, 7.30pm


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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Frequently Asked Questions

Dear England is playing at the National Theatre - Olivier Theatre in London
The running time of Dear England is 2 hours and 50 minutes (including interval)
Yes, Dear England has matinee performances on the following days: Wednesday, Saturday

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