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Dear England

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  • Booking until: Saturday, 13 January 2024
  • Running time: 2 hours 50 min (Incl. interval)
  • Starring: Joseph Fiennes
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Joseph Fiennes

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Time Out says James Graham's new play is a ‘wildly entertaining romp through the reformation of the England men's team under Joseph Fiennes' pitch-perfect Gareth Southgate’. And they’re right.

DEAR ENGLAND explores the brilliance of the England football manager Gareth Southgate, the pressures faced by those involved in professional sport, and the role the England men’s football team played in driving the national psyche. It looks into the way Southgate changed the face of toxic masculinity in football, inspired by the famous open letter he wrote to England fans in 2021 when covid was still raging.

The play, written by James Graham, opened in 2023 at the National Theatre starring Joseph Fiennes as Southgate. It was directed by Rupert Goold. Now the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed, sold-out play transfers to theatreland’s Prince Edward Theatre from 9th October 2023 for a strictly limited 14 week run. Fiennes plays the role of Gareth Southgate once more, and the rest of the cast will be announced nearer the time.

The Movement Directors are Ellen Kane and Hannes Langolf and the Set Designer is Es Devlin. The Costume Designer is Evie Gurney and Jon Clark is Lighting Designer. Sound Design comes from Dan Balfour and Tom Gibbons and the Video Designer is Ash J Woodward. The Casting Director is Bryony Jarvis-Taylor and the Producer is the National Theatre.

What's the plot of Dear England?

The action follows the team as they play their way through three tournaments. It covers the men’s surprise run to the semis during the Russia 2018 World Cup, the awful defeat in the 2020 European Championship final at Wembley, and the heartbreaking quarter final result that ended the team’s run to the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

First we see the young Gareth Southgate missing the famous penalty at the 1996 Euro semis, moving on to his time as caretaker manager for the England team, covering his work with Harry Kane, Harry Maguire, and Marcus Rashford.

The emotional drama carries on as the psychologist Pippa Grange joins the drive for the perfect team, the players develop under Southgate's leadership, and black players face racist abuse. Then we see Harry Kane missing that infamous penalty and England losing their place in the 2022 World Cup. It’s dramatic stuff – but it’s also really funny thanks to the antics of ex-England managers Sven-Göran Eriksson, Graham Taylor, and Fabio Capello, along with a host of famous players and commentators, prime ministers and more.

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  • Booking until:

    Saturday, 13 January 2024

  • Running time:

    2 hours 50 min (Incl. interval)

  • Important Information

    Joseph Fiennes will not be performing on the following performances: Monday 16th October, Tuesday 17th October, Wednesday 20 December, Thursday 21 December, Friday 22 December (both shows).

Performance Times
Mon - 19:00
Tue - 19:00
Wed - 19:00
Thu 14:00 19:00
Fri - 19:00
Sat 14:00 19:00
Sun - -

Next Performances for Dear England at the Prince Edward Theatre

today30th Nov 2023 7:00pm
tomorrow 1st Dec 2023 7:00pm
Saturday 2nd Dec 2023 2:00pm
Saturday 2nd Dec 2023 7:00pm
Monday 4th Dec 2023 7:00pm
Tuesday 5th Dec 2023 7:00pm

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Dear England reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 20 reviews

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Latest customer reviews

excellent all round performance all round

Reviewed on 30 November 2023 by , Villars Sur Ollon, United Kingdom

Thoroughly entertaining

A great show. Tempo, emotion, soundtrack. Mesmerising slow mo and freeze frames from an outstanding cast. Loved it. Exceeded all expectations.

Reviewed on 18 November 2023 by , Lincoln, United Kingdom

Dear England 16th November

The show,acting,lighting and everything about the show was brilliant,as a football fan it portrayed a great story which we know about but great to see.

Reviewed on 17 November 2023 by , Doncaster, United Kingdom

So good, so good, so good

As a visitor from across the pond who has cheered on England through heartbreak after heartbreak, this show really provided a better glimpse into the English football psyche. As an avid theatre-goer, I was awestruck by the acting and the technical precision. The lighting, in particular is outstanding, but every element of this production works magically together. I think even a non-football fan (like my husband) would leave Dear England with a warm heart and carry with them the important social message that is at the core of it. Be nice, everyone. Be nice.

Reviewed on 16 November 2023 by , Flint, United States Of America

Very well executed, full of humour, emotive. Realistic similarities to the authentic people, especially Gareth Southgate. Thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I’m not a football fan.

Reviewed on 11 November 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

The English Football Story

As a foreigner, I found it a bit informative about the behind scenes of English football. I enjoyed the play, but it's really a horror show, because England lose. I don't understand how people can be happy about it. It's like how in the Titanic where all the men die & people call it romantic.

Reviewed on 11 November 2023 by , Claremont, Australia

football under the spotlight

Really enjoyed the show whilst having absolutely no interest in football. Well worth a visit

Reviewed on 09 November 2023 by , Beckenham, United Kingdom

Great fun

Didn't know what to expect. Can't believe the emotions i felt on reliving these football moments. Brilliantly written and acted. Even if u aren't a football fan you'd enjoy this!

Reviewed on 09 November 2023 by , Rochester, United Kingdom

More than a football show

Dear England is a wonderfully entertaining show. Joe Fiennes is a veritable doppelganger for the England manager, and is ably supported by an excellent cast. Yes it's focus is on football, but the scope is broader than that. Funny, informative, and not a VAR review in sight.

Reviewed on 05 November 2023 by , London, United Kingdom


Really enjoyed the performance. Brought back memories to me. Made me feel nostalgic about the past but positive for the future.

Reviewed on 28 October 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Wonderful, a must see!

As a regular theatregoer, this is one of my best shows I’ve seen in a long time. It has everything, great storyline, humour and coverage of topical issues which leave you thinking. The cast was amazing too. My 15 year said it was his favourite show, high praise indeed!

Reviewed on 27 October 2023 by , Poole, United Kingdom

If you love football this show is for you.

Reviewed on 26 October 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

The best show in London

This is an amazing show, and I don’t like football!! The acting is brilliant and will be going to see it again. There is nothing not to like.

Reviewed on 21 October 2023 by , Preston, United Kingdom

Loved it!

Loved it!

Reviewed on 19 October 2023 by , Kolkata, India

Brilliantly acted play . Well staged .

Reviewed on 18 October 2023 by , Barnet, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 14 October 2023 by , Reigate, United Kingdom

It's coming home

This show convinced me that we are going to win the bloody thing!! The characters were very believable especially Gary Southgate

Reviewed on 14 October 2023 by , Barnet, United Kingdom

29 Nov
Emmie Newitt

November Monthly Roundup

by Emmie Newitt | Wednesday, November 29 2023, 14:05

This month brought some very exciting London theatre news; including a long-awaited cast announcement for one of the biggest shows coming in 2024 and a West End transfer that we are so excited for! Here’s our November Roundup for you:

november 2023 theatre news roundupHadestown, The Witches and Opening Night.

November Monthly Roundup
17 Nov
Stuart King

Review: DEAR ENGLAND at Prince Edward Theatre

by Stuart King | Friday, November 17 2023, 09:16

Joseph Fiennes proves himself something of a shapeshifter in James Graham’s DEAR ENGLAND as he assumes the guise, voice and mannerisms of Gareth Southgate, from his appointment as England’s underestimated caretaker manager, through his time as a waistcoat-clad guru and onwards to Qatar 2022. But this is a play with more on its mind than mere parody.

The cast of Dear England in the West End. Credit Marc BrennerThe cast of Dear England in the West End. Credit Marc Brenner

Review: DEAR ENGLAND at Prince Edward Theatre
10 Oct
Emmie Newitt

Best London plays to see in Autumn 2023

by Emmie Newitt | Tuesday, October 10 2023, 11:34

Autumn has arrived, even if records of 29 degrees across the UK in recent weeks has made it feel like Summer has hung around for a little longer recently. Now the nights are drawing in slightly earlier, instead of heading straight home for an evening on the sofa - why not spend your time with a trip to one of London’s theatres.

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Best London plays to see in Autumn 2023
13 Sep
Emmie Newitt

Full cast announced for West End transfer of DEAR ENGLAND

by Emmie Newitt | Wednesday, September 13 2023, 10:44

The National Theatre's hit sold-out production will transfer for a strictly limited 14-week run.

the cast of dear england west endDervla Kirwan, Joseph Fiennes and Denzel Baidoo.

Full cast announced for West End transfer of DEAR ENGLAND
23 Aug
Emmie Newitt

August Monthly Roundup

by Emmie Newitt | Wednesday, August 23 2023, 14:55

It's time to say goodbye to the summer because Autumn is just around the corner. Over the last month we’ve had some great announcements, reviewed some great shows and so much more. Here’s our August monthly roundup for you:

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August Monthly Roundup
07 Aug
Emmie Newitt

DEAR ENGLAND to transfer to the West End

by Emmie Newitt | Monday, August 7 2023, 09:10

The National Theatre's hit sold-out production will transfer for a strictly limited 14-week run.

dear england west end transferDear England artwork.

DEAR ENGLAND to transfer to the West End