The Red Lion opens at The Capitol, Horsham on Friday 16 August and goes on tour throughout Horsham District for the remainder of August and September. Written by Patrick Marber, directed by Sean Turner and starring Michael Armstrong, Andrew Fettes and local Actor Freddie Hill, it’s a haunting and humorous play about the dying romance of the great English game and the tender, savage love that powers it.
The story follows small time semi-pro football, the non-league. A world away from the wealth and the television cameras. A young player touched with brilliance arrives from nowhere. An ambitious manager determines to make him his own and the old soul of the club still has dreams of glory.
The Red Lion was first presented in the Dorfman auditorium of the National Theatre, London, on 3 June 2015 and was subsequently revived at The Trafalgar Studios in 2017. This new production is being produced as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture.
A hugely entertaining play with great humour, this production has wide appeal to local football players, teams and supporters alike.
Freddie Hill (who plays Jordan) trained with the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (2014-18) and is a regular both on stage and screen. His theatre credits include Louis the Dauphin (Henry V, Petersfield Shakespeare Festival); Raleigh (Journeys End, Priory Playhouse); Peter (Peter Pan, Chichester Festival Theatre); The Pangolin (Pangolin Puppeteer, Touring); Ray (Citizenship, The Capitol); Arthur (Return To Sender, Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre). Favourite screen work includes; Riz (High Water, Feature, Ewan Gorman), Tom (Ping Pong, Short, Gemma Norton). This year Freddie rejoins the Petersfield Shakespeare Company for Hamlet.
The Red Lion will be directed by Sean Turner. He trained at the National Theatre and with Complicite. He is also an alumni of The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and East 15 institutes. He is responsible for unearthing the script of Arthur Miller’s first play, No Villain, which he directed at the Old Red Lion, later transferring to Trafalgar Studios. He has directed the West End and UK Touring productions of the hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong for three years as well as numerous international productions. Other recent credits include; Talk Radio (Old Red Lion), Nahda (Bush Theatre), The Crucible & Dr Scroggy’s War (ALRA), Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night (all UK tours), Mr Burns (Cockpit Theatre) Boris Godunov (Brockley Jack), Shakespeare’s Lover’s (The Faction).
Garnering many 5 star reviews in its previous two outings, this is the ideal piece of theatre for regular play-goers and football fans alike.
Age 14+ Contains strong language
Tickets: Available online: www.thecapitolhorsham.com or via the Capitol Box Office: 01403 750220