The Damned United

The Damned United

Tue 25 July 2017

Summer 2017 | 

A Red Ladder Theatre Company and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production in association with Unity Theatre Liverpool
Written by Anders Lustgarten  | Adapted from the novel by David Peace

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.

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.

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Cast & Creative

David Chafer

Jamie Smelt

Luke Dickson

Written by Anders Lustgarten adapted from the novel by David Peace
Directed by Rod Dixon
Set & Projection Designs by Nina Dunn
Lighting Design by Tim Skelly
Sound Design by Ed Heaton
Photography by Malcolm I Johnson

Reviews & Press

Quotes: from the World Premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse, March 2016

‘ a piece of theatre it really hits the back of the net.’
Steve Orme, British Theatre Guide

‘The play is ingeniously staged by Rod Dixon’
Michael Billington, The Guardian

‘A beautifully crafted and imaginative piece of theatre’
The Yorkshire Post

‘Clough and Taylor talk through a lot of their history here, but you don’t need to be any kind of football fan to get fired up by this show. This is a character study, a look at a man inseparable from his mask.’ ★★★★ The Times

Quotes from 2017’s production:

'Rod Dixon’s production is brisk and direct... ingenious use of projections'
The Reviews Hub, June 2017

show details

Dates: Tue 25 July
Times: 8pm
Running time: 60mins
Prices: £12  (£10 Conc.)
Charges: 50p card transaction | £1 postage

Venue: Unity One
Age Recommendation: 14+ (contains very strong language)

Unity Theatre

1 Hope Place, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 9BG, UK