The Greater Game

The Greater Game

Venue: 
Southwark Playhouse
Location: 
Fringe
Duration: 
130 minutes

The Greater Game tells the fascinating true story of the 41 men who swapped the football fields of London for the battle fields of the Somme in 1916.

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The Greater Game Synopsis: 

East London football club Leyton Orient, then known as Clapton Orient, was the first team to sign up its players, staff and supporters to fight in the Great War. 41 men volunteered in all. Three of them never returned. Based on the book ‘They Took The Lead’ by Stephen Jenkins, this new play of love, friendship and loss tells both sides of the story from the flag waving patriotism to the conscientious objectors.

By: 
by Michael Head. Based on the book “They Took the Lead” by Stephen Jenkins
Director: 
Tilly Vosburgh
Lighting: 
Ben Wallace
Sound: 
John Leonard
Design: 
Suzie Inglis
Cast list: 
Nick Hancock, Charlie Clements, Danny Walters, Greg Baxter, Charlie Eales, Peter Hannah, Michael Head, Will Howard, Connor Kelly, Patsy Lowe, Graeme McKnight, Laura Webb
Other info: 
It is sponsored by The Royal British Legion, supported by the PFA and is part of Sports Remembers.
The Greater Game Schedule
Previews from: 
Thursday, 15 September, 2016
Opening date: 
Monday, 19 September, 2016
Booking to: 
Saturday, 15 October, 2016
Closes: 
Saturday, 15 October, 2016
MatineeEvening
Monday-7.30pm
Tuesday3pm7.30pm
Wednesday-7.30pm
Thursday-7.30pm
Friday-7.30pm
Saturday3pm7.30pm
Sunday--
Address:
77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Nearest tube:
Elephant & Castle, Borough

Latest The Greater Game News & Features

Monday, August 22, 2016
Cast announced for The Greater Game at the Southwark Playhouse

A new production comes to the Southwark Playhouse as part of the commemorations for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The Greater Game by Michael Head is based on the book “They Took the Lead” by Stephen Jenkins and tells the story of the football team who volunteered en masse to fight for their country. It runs from 15 September to 15 October 2016 with an official opening on 19 September 2016.

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