The Red Lion by Patrick Marber

  • Tuesday 13th June to Saturday 17th June 2023

  • The Richard Whitmore Studio

  • The Bancroft Players

The Red Lion poster - featuring a pair of dirty football boots hanging on a hook

Should it be the case that when winning means everything, loyalty means nothing?

It’s the small-time. The semi-pro. The non-league. In a world removed from the glamour, the wealth and the television cameras, a non-league team are struggling to make ends meet. So, when a gifted young player arrives out of nowhere, it’s the opportunity everyone’s been waiting for.

For the kit man, Yates, this brilliant player will restore the declining fortunes of the whole team. But for the ambitious manager, Kidd, the is the opportunity to make him his own. Whilst the old soul of the club itself still has dreams of glory.…

Exploring issues of trust, loyalty, and conflict across generations, and as one reviewer noted on release, it’s ‘a blistering exposé of rudderless masculinity’.

This is a beautiful play about the beautiful game.  

This play was originally going to be directed by Keith Warren, who talked to me about his ideas for the show before he sadly died last year. I’m hoping to incorporate these ideas into the show, and try to ensure that it also embodies his great love of the game, and in particular grass-roots football.

Scripts will be available from the box office soon.

Any questions please contact Matt directly –

Audition Dates

Auditions Closed

  • Tuesday 14th Mar 2023 at  7:45pm
  • Thursday 16th Mar 2023 at  7:45pm


Tuesdays & Thursdays

Production Credits

Written by: Patrick Marber

Directed by: Matt Gray

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.:

Performance Dates

  • Saturday 17th June 2023 at  7:45pm

Cast List

An old man
A young man
Somewhere in between