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.
The Greater Game
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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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.