by James Graham
Directed by Rupert Goold
National Theatre, London
Joseph Fiennes as Gareth Southgate
National Theatre, July 2023
Photo by Marc Brenner
Jodi and I review James Graham’s latest play Dear England, which is running on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre in London until 11th August 2023, but you will have another chance to cheer when it transfers to the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End from the 9th of October.
Graham has earned acclaim for masterfully turning contemporary British history into accessible and thought-provoking theatrical drama. Dear England charts the rise and influence of Gareth Southgate as the Manager of the England men’s football team from his appointment in 2016 to the present day. As unlikely as this sounds for the subject of a production at the National Theatre, as Jodi and I discuss, the play is about more than just football.