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Production shot of Dear England in London, with Joseph Fiennes as Gareth Southgate.
Production shot of Dear England in London, with Albert Magashi as Jadon Sancho.
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About Dear England

The sold-out National Theatre production transfers to the West End this Autumn.

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.

Joseph Fiennes’ portrayal of Gareth Southgate is ‘pitch-perfect’ (Time Out) in this ‘thrilling’ (Sunday Times) new play by James Graham, with set design by Es Devlin. Graham reunites with director Rupert Goold, following their acclaimed productions of Tammy Faye and Ink, in this gripping ‘new stage epic’ (Telegraph) about both nation and game.

West End premiere season begins 9th October at the Prince Edward Theatre.

Please note 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.

Assisted performances

British sign language signed: 7pm Wednesday 29 November

Run time

2 hours 50 min (Incl. interval)

Start date

9th October, 2023

End date

13th January, 2024


Dear England: What to expect - 1
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179 Reviews



558 Reviews | 136 Followers
Fast paced, Great directing, Slick set

See it if you're in for a well-made, captivating & entertaining play about England's current national soccer team, a metaphor for the country itself.

Don’t see it if even if you don't like sports or soccer you will find a lot to like here, though at nearly 3 hours the show is in need of some hard editing

Kent 2

Kent 2

224 Reviews | 75 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if Even if you know and care nothing about football. The brilliant staging and compelling characters keep you fully engaged.

Don’t see it if You want mindless escapism.

Vagabond Anarchist

Vagabond Anarchist

194 Reviews | 38 Followers
Dizzying, Endearing, Epic, Great staging, Great acting

See it if EVEN if you know nothing about football. They tell you all you need to know!

Don’t see it if you only like short plays



718 Reviews | 111 Followers
Sports metaphor on emotional health

See it if Excellent story on how the English needs to learn to get in touch with their emotions, esp. the rage after losses. Joseph's fine performance

Don’t see it if Male macho-ness meets therapy speak (vulnerability, fear, coping mechanisms), less about actual sports.

Important information

Joseph Fiennes will not be performing on the following performances: Monday 16th October, Tuesday 17th October, Wednesday 20 December, Thursday 21 December, Friday 22 December (both shows).

Stars on stage

Joseph Fiennes

Joseph Fiennes

Dear England cast and creative team

By: James Graham
Director: Rupert Goold
Cast list: Joseph Fiennes (as Gareth Southgate), Dervla Kirwan (as 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)
Design: Es Devlin
Costumes: Evie Gurney
Lighting: Jon Clark
Sound: Dan Balfour and Tom Gibbons
Other info: Video design by Ash J Woodward, movement direction by Ellen Kane and Hannes Langolf


Prince Edward Theatre

28 Old Compton Street, London, United Kingdom, W1D 4HS


Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, 19, 38; (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176
Night bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N5, N19, N20, N38; (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N29, N41, N279
Car park: Chinatown (3mins)
Directions from tube: (5mins) Take Charing Cross Road until you reach the crossroads with Shaftesbury Avenue. Passing the Palace Theatre, take Langley Mow on the left and follow it on.


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