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“The Red Lion” by Patrick Marber touring now!

Date: 22nd May 2019

Following the success of Rapture Bites Lunchtime Theatre, Michael Emans will direct Patrick Marber’s Olivier Award nominated play The Red Lion starring Brookside’s John McArdle.

It will tour to 16 venues in Scotland ending with a week’s run at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.

Discounted ticket offers are in place at many venues for football fans – details can be found by clicking the theatre names below!

The Red Lion FC is an English non-league side that has dreams of the big time.

However, the club’s manager, Kidd, will stop at nothing to realise his own ambitions of achieving money and fame. So, when young Jordan, who ‘plays like a God’, joins the club, Kidd sees his golden opportunity.

One man stands in his way – the kit-man, Yates – club legend and footballing ‘hero’- has other ideas. A ‘Clash of the Titans’ ensues between Yates and Kidd over the future of Jordan and the football club.

Award-winning writer Patrick Marber’s hit play unfolds like a Greek Tragedy, transcending ‘the beautiful game’, in a tale of heroism, hubris and handballs!



Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock preview, 8 May & 9 May 7.30pm

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, 11 May 7.30pm

Howden Park, Livingston, 16 May 7.30pm

Tolbooth, Stirling, 18 May 8pm

Motherwell Theatre, 20 May 7.30pm

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, 23 May 7.30pm

Lanark Memorial Hall, 24 May 7.30pm

Harbour Arts, Irvine, 25 May 7.30pm

Eastwood Park, Giffnock, 26 May 7.30pm

Village Theatre, East Kilbride, 28 May 7.30pm

Ryan Centre, Stranraer, 31 May 7.30pm

Theatre Royal, Dumfries, 1 June 7.30pm

Byre Theatre, St Andrews, 7 & 8 June 7.30pm

Falkirk Town Hall, 13 June 7.30pm

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, 15 June 7.30pm

Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 18 – 22 June 7.30pm (matinee 22 June at 2.30pm)

Alongside the production Rapture will be running a series of post-show discussion panels. Rapture is working in partnership with Show Racism the Red Card to help raise awareness of issues such as racism, sexism and bullying, which can still occur within the game of football.

These post-show events will offer a great opportunity to engage with community groups and audiences and promote the significant work Show Racism The Red Card undertake, as well as discussing the themes raised within the play. Rapture want to provide an insight into the philosophy, passion and behind the scenes workings of a football club.

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