Photo by Stephen Candy
Following a good luck message from Gary Lineker OBE, the cast and crew had a fantastic opening night of The Red Lion at The Capitol, Horsham last Friday.
Written by Patrick Marber, directed by Sean Turner and starring Michael Armstrong, Andrew Fettes and local Actor and Film Director, 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.
Credit: Stephen Candy Photography
Here’s what people said:
If you’re a play-goer but not a football-goer you’ll enjoy The Red Lion and if you spend plenty of time on the terraces but not in theatres you’ll also have a good time. It’s a three-hander about loss and rivalry with plenty of humour thrown in and some knowing references to behind-the-scenes skullduggery as two club stalwarts each plot to influence a promising young player in different ways. It’s well acted and directed and, no, you don’t need to understand the offside rule! Muddy Stilettos (Sussex)
“I’m not a big football fan, but I loved this play. Full of sharp witted football humour – it’s all in here, the ripe language, moans about a dandelion covered pitch and the ref needing glasses. If we’d had a few oranges at half- time it would have been perfect” Heather Pepper, Horsham
“My partner manages a football team and was able to relate some of his experiences to those in the play… he really enjoyed it … and would recommend it” Sam Wells, Horsham
“Congrats to the cast and crew of The Red Lion – saw it and thought it was fab! Good luck with the tour – deffo worth watching” Nicola Hume, Presenter & Professional Talker
“Wow what a show! The 3 actors maintained our attention for the whole 94 mins and without a hitch, they delivered their lines beautifully! What a great story – really worth going to see and thoroughly enjoyed it” Carol Boniface, Pulborough
The Red Lion is a hugely entertaining play with great humour and has wide appeal to local football players, teams and supporters alike and goes ON TOUR from Friday 23 August through to Saturday 28 September across the Horsham District as one of the major projects of Horsham District Year of Culture.
It’s one play not to be missed!
Age 14+ Contains strong language
Tickets available on line: www.thecapitolhorsham.com or call their Box Office 01403 750220