Dear England at the National Theatre – Full casting and rehearsal photos revealed

The National Theatre has announced full casting for their forthcoming premiere of James Graham’s Dear England, starring Joseph Fiennes as football manager Gareth Southgate.

Joining Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale, Shakespeare in Love) will be Gina McKee (Bodyguard) as Pippa Grange, sports psychologist and Head of People and Team Development at The Football Association from 2017 to 2019; and Sean Gilder (The Gold, Sherwood) as English football manager and former professional player Sam Allardyce.

Other cast include 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, Adam Hugill as Harry Maguire, Albert Magashi as Jadon Sancho, Kel Matsena as Raheem Sterling, Abdul Sessay as Bukayo Saka, Lewis Shepherd as Dele Alli, Paul Thornley as Mike Webster, Tony Turner as Greg Dyke, Ryan Whittle as Eric Dier, plus Nick Barclay, Tashinga Bepete, Will Harrison-Wallace and Miranda Heath.

Photos: Rehearsal images of Dear England

Directed by Rupert Goold (Patriots, Tammy Faye), this new play by award-winning writer James Graham (Best of Enemies, Tammy Faye, Sherwood), is about the England men’s football team managed by Gareth Southgate, and promises to be a captivating examination into the complex psychology of the much loved ’beautiful game’.

The creative team also includes set design by Es Devlin (The Crucible, The Lehman Trilogy), costume design by Evie Gurney, lighting design by Jon Clark, movement direction by Ellen Kane and Hannes Langolf, sound design by Dan Balfour and Tom Gibbons, video design by Ash J Woodward, casting by Bryony Jarvis-Taylor, dialect coach Richard Ryder, and associate director Elin Schofield.

Dear England will play the National’s Olivier Theatre from 10 June to 11 August 2023.

National Theatre shows currently playing in the West End include The Lehman Trilogy, directed by Sam Mendes, which is now playing at the Gillian Lynne Theatre; and its acclaimed production of The Crucible, which will transfer to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre, directed by Lyndsey Turner, from 7 June 2023.

Coming soon are a West End transfer to the Gillian Lynne Theatre of hit National Theatre musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge; and a rumoured West End transfer of their current hit, Jack Thorne’s The Motive and the Cue starring Mark Gatiss and Johnny Flynn.

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📷 Main photo: Dear England - Casting: Joseph Fiennes & Gina McKee. Photo by Marc Brenner

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